Just a year after picking up instruments and forming Sheffield band Potpourri release their debut album, First Dance. Potpourri formed in Summer 2019 to play a gig at the inaugural Bingo Fest, and have been cultivating their off-kilter brand of pop since - incorporating the Broadcast-esque electronic sounds, motorik rhythms and chanteuse-style vocal harmonies.
Released 26th February 2021, if pre-ordered, orders will arrive on this date. Pre-order to be in with the chance to win an exclusive test pressing copy.
The debut physical release from Manchester-based upstarts Loose Articles. Pressed by Dipped In Gold Recordings, Up The Disco brings those sweaty nights at your favourite indie disco, straight to your home. B-side is titled Buses.
Second only to Kind of Blue by Miles and Jazz Samba by Stan Getz, as the most commercially successful jazz record of all time (it even contained a single for the pop charts, paul desmond's magnificent 'take five'), brubeck brilliantly popularised jazz and offered it as a palatable alternative to bobby vee. this album sold by the trunkload and made brubeck a popular star. those jazz critics who shunned him for becoming too commercial must eattheir words, as this is a monumental album of the finest modern jazz. 'blue rondo a la turk' and 'kathy's waltz' demonstrate this man's graceful, nonchalant class.
A combination of all things Punk, Metal and Thrash. Complex yet catchy, melodic, heavy and nothing short of a good time. Hailing from Edmonton Alberta they are ready to travel the world and connect through their music. Skeleton City [Recorded at Velveteen Audio by James Banks and mastered at West West Side Music by Alan Douches] is the first EP from this five-piece Canadian band. Full of fast riffs, it quickly grabs your attention and takes you for a ride. Opening for bands like: Protest The Hero, A Wilhelm Scream, Norma Jean, Belvedere, Skeletonwitch, and The Black Dahlia Murder they have learned from some of the best. Young and eager to play, Wolfrik hopes to end up in your city soon.
Best of Bo Diddley - need we say more! Ellas McDaniel, known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll. He influenced many artists, including Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the Clash.
As the pandemic fog begins to disappear, and the lurkers and vultures return to their murky origins… who will replace the sun and moon when we’ve sold it?
In our third volume we interview Manami, Punk photographer Jude Kendall, A selection of interviews with Manchester’s DJs/Promoters and learn about the history of dancing. Additionally, we have a range of photos provided by Tugalife, Hulmeloonies, Paul McCourt, and Girasolgoth
This issue’s poem is provided by Zachary Knowland.
2020 features music from some of our favourite artists and closest friends on the new Manchester scene. The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a colossal strain on the music industry. 2020 has been assembled with a vision of providing financial support for Manchester artists, with all proceeds split 50/50.
Featuring hand-picked tracks, contributed by artists whose music spans neo-soul, jazz, afro-electronic and more, 2020 is an eclectic discovery of inspired and curated sounds; a shining light on the emerging stars of Manchester’s live music scene.
2020 is the first of a series of fundraiser compilations to be released on Band on the Wall’s new in-house imprint; Band on the Wall Recordings.
This physical edition includes the album on CD and a limited edition high quality pull-out commemorative poster.
By purchasing the physical CD version you directly support both a collective of emerging Manchester artists at a time of crisis, and help keep Band on the Wall alive.
TRACK LISTING 01 Honeyfeet x Werkha – You Go To My Head (rewerked) 02 Mali Hayes – Oceans ft LayFullstop 03 Secret Night Gang – Don’t Mess With My Heart 04 Agbeko – There is a Jungle (Live) 05 Porij – Closer 06 Lovescene – To The Side 07 Skeltr – Lojong 08 Contours – Northbound 09 Cervo – Reaching 10 Katbrownsugar ft Al Turnbull – Jungle 11 Yemi Bolatiwa – Troubled Living 12 Shunya – The Clay & The Sculpture 13 Lieko Quintet – Black Lake 14 MSC Big Band – Grown Ups (Live)
'From Her To Eternity' was the debut record for Cave in his olden days as an ex-member of the post-punk meanies the Birthday Party and the founder of the Bad Seeds. Based around his own song-writing and contributions from co-founder Mick Harvey (who sadly didn't get his own nameplate), the record saw Cave focusing on lyricism and moments of musical reflection that weren't seen in the forthright and cruel punk attacks of the Birthday Party.
The classic sophomore LP from Eric B. & Rakim gets a nice double-vinyl reissue. Follow The Leader may not be quite as well known as the duo’s all-conquering debut Paid In Full, but this 1988 follow-up still has plenty to offer. Indeed, there’s a school of thought that says Follow The Leader is the better record. The manner in which Rakim’s bars dance over Eric B.’s endlessly listenable beats remains a joy all these years later. Golden-age boom-bap doesn’t get much better than this.
Super lounge Christmas cosiness featuring Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, ad a host of other smooth legends. Fix yourself a festive fancy, slip into a silk robe, and slink about the place like you're a '50s Modernist swinger. Lovely!
Talking Heads - There's More Songs About Buildings and Food
More Songs About Buildings And Food was the second Talking Heads album, originally released in 1978 and the first to feature Brian Eno in the production chair. Eno was a perfect fit for Talking Heads, teasing out of them a more dance and funk inspired sound with the rhythm section of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth taking a keener role behind David Byrne's trademark yelp.
The Cranberries – Dolores O’Riordan, Noel Hogan, Michael Hogan and Fergal Lawler – quietly became one of the world’s most successful bands in the 1990s. With O’Riordan’s remarkable voice and their unforgettable melodies, the group scored a string of UK and US Top 10 albums and singles. This stunning collection brings together 11 of their best-known tracks, including their unforgettable calling cards, Linger and Zombie.
Recorded at Sound Techniques Studio in Chelsea during 1972, John Martyn's seminal album 'Solid Air' was originally released in February 1973 and is now available again on vinyl. Arguably John Martyn's masterpiece. A stunning album blending folk, jazz and blues to startling effect and featuring such killer tracks as 'Over the Hill', 'May You Never', the beautiful title track and his stunning reading of Skip James' 'I'd Rather be the Devil'.
Lou Reed's second solo album Transformer is an album that everyone should own. It was the moment when the seventies poster boy for shock-rock therapy found a balance between unbelievably catchy tunes and proto punk reportage from the gutters of Manhattan. It includes Walk on the Wild Side, Perfect Day and Satellite of Love. It was produced and features David Bowie and Mick Ronson.
The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums.
A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels (25th Anniversary Edition)
In 1990, four kids from Queens (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White) changed hip-hop forever. Throughout the record they zig-zag between the observational, the enlightened and the anecdotal. Odes to youth are sprinkled throughout the album. The Latin-spiced I Left My Wallet In El Segundo and the sweet infatuation of Bonita Applebum. The more illuminated tracks, Push It Along, Youthful Expression and Footprints sit happily alongside the serious (and not so serious) life lessons of Description of a Fool, Pubic Enemy and Ham N Eggs.
Beggar’s Banquet are launching the next phase of their Fall reissue campaign, hooray hooray! This Nation’s Saving Grace, an album by The Fall that almost everyone seems to agree is a classic slice of Fall: impressive, given how hard it is to get that fanbase to agree. Major level Fall, get involved.
The Zombies - Oydessey & Oracle (picture disc) RSD 2018
First ever picture disc release of this Rolling Stone Top 100 album of all-time. All surviing original members completed a 50th anniversary tour of the album last year and remains a very active touring entity into 2018. The Zombies are three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finalists.
The five classic factory-era albums by new order reissued on vinyl - 'movement' (1981), 'power, corruption and lies' (1983), 'low-life' (1985), 'brotherhood' (1986) and 'technique' (1989). all feature newly re-mastered audio by frank arkwright and the original sleeves, labels and original inner bags, pressed on high-quality 180 gram vinyl.
One of the first pop albums to become a cult classic, Love's 1967 masterpiece, Forever Changes', is the pinnacle of the LA freak scene. Singer / songwriter Arthur Lee's lyrics are increasingly fragmentary and paranoid, foreshadowing the band's eventual drug-fueled collapse. Yet these drop-dead hip tunes are set in arrangements featuring Herb Alpert-style mariachi horns, lush middle-of-the-road strings, and other tropes of the easy listening scene, creating a more unsettling sense of tension than if the songs were given the usual heavy rock instrumentation. Every single track is a stone classic, forever changes belongs high on any halfway serious list of the greatest pop albums of the '60s.
With Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle (including its controversial aspect during the apartheid days) was a powerful marketing tool and that the catchy music succeeded in presenting listeners with that magical combination: something they'd never heard before that nevertheless sounded familiar.
Last summer Liam Gallagher joined the list of all-time greats (Paul McCartney, Page and Plant, Nirvana and many more) who have filmed a prestigious MTV Unplugged session. Having missed Oasis’s 1996 session through illness, the show at Hull’s City Hall found Liam fulfilling some unfinished business entirely on his own terms. Now Liam is set to release the ‘MTV Unplugged’ live album of the show on April 24th. The show’s electrifying atmosphere is palpable from the very beginning with a phenomenal reaction as Liam takes to the stage with ‘Wall of Glass’.
Material from Liam’s solo career such as his personal favourite ‘Once’ and the joyous ‘Now That I’ve Found You’ resonates in this stripped-back format, with his vocal shining alongside a trio of backing singers and string arrangements performed by the 24-piece Urban Soul Orchestra. Oasis guitarist Bonehead features on performances of ‘Some Might Say’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Cast No Shadow’ and Liam’s first ever live vocal performance of the ‘Definitely Maybe’ bonus track ‘Sad Song’. The show concludes on a crowd-pleasing high with an emotive take on the classic ‘Champagne Supernova’. Liam launches the ‘MTV Unplugged’ album by sharing the new version of ‘Gone’, which was one of the strongest performances of the night. Stripped of the force of the studio recording, ‘Gone’ instead reveals new-found bombastic dynamics and an evocative cinematic atmosphere.
After the messy and uninspired Humanz, The World’s Most Famous Virtual Group™ needed a shake-up. So Gorillaz have locked up their bassist and hellraiser-in-chief Murdoc and drafted in a new member, Ace, in his place. The Now Now features eleven new tunes from Damon Albarn and his Merry Men. Early signs are promising - first single ‘Humility’ features George Benson and sees them rediscover a little of the sunny charm of Plastic Beach.
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