New Release Round-Up 10-01-21
Strand Of Oaks - In Heaven - Galacticana Records
To say In Heaven is about conquering grief would be oversimplifying everything Tim Showalter has achieved on the eighth studio album from Strand Of Oaks. A stunning, hopeful reflection on love, loss, and enlightenment, In Heaven is a triumph in music making, and a preeminent addition to the Strand of Oaks discography.
Roger Taylor - Outsider - UMe
Rock icon and multi-instrumentalist Roger Taylor introduces his new solo album Outsider. With much of Outsider recorded during lockdown, this new album finds Taylor in a reflective mood, conveying a palpable sense of isolation, concerns over the passing of time, and tellingly dedicated "to all the outsiders, those who feel left on the sidelines". A highly personal project, Outsider's instrumentation is almost entirely performed by Taylor, with his vocals matching the mood-piece atmosphere.
Hans Zimmer - No Time To Die (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Decca
The Hans Zimmer produced soundtrack for the 25th installment in the James Bond film franchise, No Time To Die. The soundtrack includes Billie Eilish's electrifying title track No Time To Die, co-written (with brother Finneas O'Connell) and performed by Eilish. Joining Zimmer on scoring the soundtrack is Johnny Marr, who is also the featured guitarist on the album, with additional music by composer and score producer Steve Mazzaro.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Brandi Carlile - In These Silent Days [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Metallica - The Metallica Blacklist [Limited Edition 7LP]
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Love For Sale
Explosions In The Sky - Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack for Public Television)
Taylor Swift - Fearless: Taylor's Version [Gold 3 LP]
Flying Lotus - Yasuke
JW Francis - Wanderkid
Asking Alexandria - See What's On The Inside
Hans Zimmer - No Time To Die (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hovvdy - True Love [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Hot Pink LP]
Neil Young - Carnegie Hall 1970
Jojo - Trying Not To Think About It
Various Artists - The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live! At the Apollo [Limited Edition Translucent Tie-Eye Teal 3LP]
Plain White T's - American Nights [Limited Edition Pink LP]
Ministry - Moral Hygiene
John Prine - Fair & Square [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
The Specials - Protest Songs 1924 – 2012
audiobooks - Astro Tough
Melissa Etheridge - One Way Out
Jeremy Zucker - CRUSHER [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Signed CD]
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Jungle - Loving In Stereo - Caiola Records
Jungle's new album ‘Loving In Stereo’ is the soundtrack for a summer quite unlike any other. The British producer duo have created a huge disco record for the post-social distancing age, with a life-affirming, dancefloor-igniting, sun-kissed celebration of all the things that make music irresistibly joyful. Both their Mercury Prize-nominated, Gold-certified debut and 2018’s follow-up ‘For Ever’ landed in the UK Top 10 & charted globally. Those two records have since accumulated 750,000 equivalent album sales and close to a billion streams worldwide. Atop that, Jungle have embarked on global sell out tours - notably in the UK, London’s 10k capacity Alexandra Palace & filling the Hollywood Palladium - two coveted Glastonbury performances, slots at numerous International festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Roskilde, Primavera & enjoyed shows across five continents.
From humble beginnings as a small Kingston record store, VP Records has gone on to release some of the best known international artists in reggae, dancehall and soca, including Sean Paul, Chaka Demus, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Vybz Kartel and Wayne Wonder. Recently we have been listening to some of their latest releases and we highly reccomend that you do too.
REGGAE GOLD 2021 - Celebrate the spirit of Summer with Reggae Gold 2021, featuring dancehall's finest for this annual collection of hits, featuring the smash summer anthems "Go Down Deh" by Spice, featuring Shaggy and Sean Paul and the reggae version of "Heartbreak Anniversary," the massive R&B streaming hit, covered by Tarrus Riley. Recent his "Nice Up The Dance' by Kabaka Pyramid and "Ginal (feat. Collie Buddz)" from international star Alborosie add to the set.
Celebrate the spirit of Carnival with SOCA GOLD 2021, featuring Soca champions Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and others, plus South African artist Master KG and the monster hit "Jerusalema," which has dominated world music charts since its release in January. The disc also includes six recent Soca Gold anthems from Rupee, Iwer George, Kevin Yearwood and others. Soca Gold 2021 is a non-stop party with a bonus mega-mix disc performed by DJ Puffy (available only in the physical package). Let the spirit of Caribbean carnival get into you through the sounds of Soca Gold 2021.
SPICE is the reigning Queen of Dancehall and a media powerhouse, with multi-million streaming videos and 3.5 million Instagram "Besties," often attracting 20,000 plus fans to her impromptu IG live sessions. She has built a loyal following on social media and on the live show circuit over years, and now her debut album. "10" features productions from Shaggy, Supa Dups, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor, Costantin "Costi" Ionita, Shane Hoosong, Ainsley Morris, and Grace Hamilton (Spice), among others. Guest vocalists include Melissa Musique, Olaf Blackwood, Sean Paul and Shaggy. Stand out tracks include "Send It Up," "Po-Po (feat. Nicho)," her breakthrough anthem "So Mi Like It," and current smash single "Go Down Deh (feat.Shaggy & Sean Paul)," which is currently impacting at US radio and official music video is approaching 20 million YouTube views. The song has consistently been among top trending releases on Shazam, Twitter, and Tik Tok. The trio kicked off a US-based mainstream TV blitz in June, with Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Wendy Williams Show. These marked Spice's performance debut on National television in the U.S.
Thrice - Horizons/East - Epitaph
To emerge from a global pandemic with a renewed sense of situational awareness, hard won insight, and a new album is the kind of move we’ve come to expect from Thrice over the last twenty years. With Horizons/East, Dustin Kensrue and his bandmates address, with candor and courage, the fragile and awkward arrangements that pass for civilization, while inviting us to dwell more knowingly within our own lives. Without surrendering any of the energy and hard edge of their previous albums, they’ve given us a profoundly meditative work which serves as a musical summons to everyday attentiveness. Since forming THRICE with guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge, and drummer Riley Breckenridge in 1998, Kensrue has never been one to back down from a mental fight. This mood is set by the opening synth-driven number “Color of the Sky,” which sounds well-suited to accompany the closing credits of the Stranger Things season finale. Think Flying Lotus giving way to Elbow and setting the listener down in a new dimension. A self-recorded effort, Horizons/East conveys a palpable sense of danger, determination, and possibility.
Reba McEntire - Revived Remixed Revisited - MCA Nashville
Revived Remixed Revisited is a reimagined collection of Reba McEntire's most iconic songs. REVIVED features exciting new arrangements of fan favorites like “Is There Life Out There” and “Can’t Even Get The Blues” recorded with Reba’s touring band. REMIXED takes songs like “Little Rock” and “I’m A Survivor” and spins them in ways like you’ve never heard Reba before. REVISITED produced by the Grammy® award-winning Dave Cobb strips back songs like “Somebody Should Leave” and “Consider Me Gone” to let the raw power of Reba’s vocals shine and features a long-awaited pairing between Reba and Dolly Parton on Reba’s most famous duet, “Does He Love You.” The collection spans Reba’s entire career and offers something for every Reba fan.
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Illusory Walls - Epitaph
Sometimes, the best place to begin is at the end. If you really want to dig deep into Illusory Walls, the fourth album by The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, it definitely helps to do that. That’s because epic closer “Fewer Afraid”—all 19 minutes, 44 seconds of it—doesn’t just revisit the themes and ideas on the ten songs that precede it, but also offers a self-aware summary of the Connecticut band’s entire history. It’s the conclusion of all the stories within the record as well as a nod to all the lives that helped make them—little glimpses of everything that’s come before, on both a micro, immediate level, and a more universal one. “That song is a higher level look at my whole life and the whole world,” explains vocalist/guitarist David F. Bello, “as well as the album, our band and our discography. It places the band in the context of the rest of the world, as if we’re listening to everything that came before. It touches on all the themes of the previous songs, but there are also callbacks to songs
from earlier in our career. But in this song, they’re the object, not the subject—I’m talking about a world in which these things happen, not talking about these things happening.” Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the band—completed by Steven K. Buttery (drums and percussion), Joshua Cyr (bass/vocals) and Katie Dvorak (vocals/synth)—had nothing but time to realize the full extent of their musical and thematic aspirations. And so, four years on from lauded third album Always Foreign, they were able to make what is undoubtedly the band’s most ambitious and epic record to date. Written and recorded remotely—a first for the band—Illusory Walls takes on the weight of human existence while it’s buckling under the pressure of today’s near-dystopian society. Personal anxieties and political struggles collide with a series of portentous, apocalyptic and dramatic tunes, resulting in some of the darkest music the band has made since forming in 2009.
Various Artists - The Best Of Bond...James Bond - Capitol
The Best Of Bond...James Bond is a compilation featuring celebrated theme songs from the longest-running franchise in the history of cinema. This updated collection includes "No Time to Die" by Billie Eilish, the title theme song from the highly anticipated new film. New additions also include Adele's "Skyfall" and Sam Smith's "Writing's On The Wall," Oscar winners for Best Song in 2013 and 2016, respectively.
Darren Criss - A Very Darren Crissmas - Decca
Celebrate the holidays with A Very Darren Crissmas! Darren Criss is a multitalented musician, songwriter, Broadway star, and Emmy/Golden Globe-winning actor famous for his award-winning roles on VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, GLEE, and HOLLYWOOD. His holiday record with Decca Records will be his first full-length album. It showcases creative reimagining of classic tunes and rarely covered hidden gems. Featuring guest artists Lainey Wilson, Adam Lambert, and Evan Rachel Wood.