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!
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)
London post-rock septet Black Country, New Road hail from the famed Brixton Windmill scene (Fat White Family, black midi etc). 'For the first time' is their debut album and follows the highly-rated singles ‘Athens, France’ and ‘Sunglasses’. The engaging, literate lyrics contain stories of terrible sex and tabloid pop culture references whilst the music is reminiscent of Slint and Sonic Youth experimenting with jazz maybe.
Ever a restless and globe-encompassing outfit in musical terms, touring the world for the best part of four years, Texan band Khruangbin show no sign of slowing down either their output or creativity with third studio album Mordechai. Following last year’s EP with Leon Bridges, it pulls on influences from Pakistan, Korea, India and West Africa.
Y by The Pop Group was their debut album, originally released in 1979. The post-punk band from Bristol were seen as pioneers of the genre. They mixed jazz, reggae and dub influences with punk to create something quite original. The band claim they were trying to mix Funkadelic with Captain Beefheart to see what happened.
Gil Scott Heron - We're New Again – A Re-imagining by Makaya McCraven
'We’re New Again' is a reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album, 2010's 'I’m New Here', by jazz musician Makaya McCraven. Makaya’s principal instrument is the drums but he can turn his hand to production too, and as such getting stuck into Scott-Heron's soul-jazz poetics was right up his street. 'I’m New Here' was previously given a full remix treatment by Jamie xx back in 2011, but 'We're New Again' is a wholly different beast. This jazz take is most intriguing.
Self Love - The Complete Illustrated Book of Failure + zine
'The Complete Illustrated Book of Failure' is the second album from industrial-punk outfit, Self Love.
A concept album tracing the journey of Don Quixote and his companion Sancho Panza in the epic Cervantes novel, the tracks freely move between the claustrophobic meanderings of 'Livin' La Vida Locust' to the anxious release of tracks like 'Knight of Cups'.
A lesson in human fallibility and changing musical dynamics, stay on your toes.
In a black and gold foil blocked sleeve and matching labels, this limited edition 7" single of the "James Bond Theme" features Vic Flick, who played the iconic guitar line on the original version, with a vocal version of "Goldfinger" on the B side. The new Bond film is planned for release in April 2021.
No Matter What Mood is the second release by Industrial Lounge trio, Sonny Bliss - Núria Prat Ortillés, Robin Williams and John Burgess of Manchester’s 6a6y 6 collective - respectively on Alto Sax, Drum Machine + Tape Echo, and Flute.
Improvised during two aleatoric recording sessions in Manchester between August & October 2019, artificial instruments were sonically glued to organic, live woodwind using analog tape echo, forming structure through controlled chance.
Inspired by sounds of 1980s Miles Davis, Laurie Anderson, Chris & Cosey, Olev Muska’s ‘Old Estonian Waltzes’, Phew, Robert Dick and Stockhausen - the compositions soundtrack the reoccurring dissonance of poignantly subversive voices being cancelled by big business.
Etta James was an American singer-songwriter. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.
After spending a few years in limbo after scoring her first R&B hits "Dance With Me, Henry" and "Good Rocking Daddy," Etta James returned to the spotlight in 1961 with her first Chess release, At Last. James made both the R&B and pop charts with the album's title cut, "All I Could Do Was Cry," and "Trust in Me." What makes At Last a great album is not only the solid hits it contains, but also the strong variety of material throughout. James expertly handles jazz standards like "Stormy Weather" and "A Sunday Kind of Love," as well as Willie Dixon's blues classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You." James demonstrates her keen facility on the title track in particular, as she easily moves from powerful blues shouting to more subtle, airy phrasing; her Ruth Brown-inspired, bad-girl growl only adds to the intensity. James would go on to even greater success with later hits like "Tell Mama," but on At Last one hears the singer at her peak in a swinging and varied program of blues, R&B, and jazz standards.
The Comet is Coming follow up their globally successful 2019 releasees Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery and The Afterlife with this Record Store Day exclusive 12' vinyl titled Imminent. Side A is 'Imminent', a pulsating, frenetic number featuring lyrics and vocals by Joshua Idehen.
The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus is an album by jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus released on the Bethlehem label. The album is a compilation of tracks originally released by Period Records as two 10-inch LPs entitled Jazzical Moods and co-credited to John LaPorta.
Culled from sessions recorded live in France and at a New York studio, Dizzy on the French Riviera marked Dizzy Gillespie’s first incursion into the realm of bossa nova (he had already been a pioneering force in the development of Latin jazz). The album features backing by small groups ranging from quintets to septets, and boasts such stars as pianist Lalo Schifrin (who arranged all of the music here), and saxophonist Charlie Ventura. By 1962 (and especially after the appearance of Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba), a true bossa nova craze started in the United States.
It wouldn’t be fair to say that Dizzy jumped on the bossa bandwagon as a commercial move. He had been among the first to combine Latin (and above all Cuban) rhythms with jazz in the mid 1940s, adding spectacular conga drummer Chano Pozo to his band, and he toured South America extensively, playing with as many talented musicians from every possible style as he could find. Always interested in exotic rhythms from all over the world, Gillespie embraced Lalo Schifrin when he met him in Buenos Aires, and asked him to compose for his band, in addition to arranging pieces from other composers.
'Billennium Soundscapes is a beguiling mix of live performed electronic percussion and toasty, burnt out synthesisers. A sound that slops into your ear holes and clags brain cavities with a syrupy sonic cream.'
This album was produced over Christmas 2020 in a semi-derelict hideout on the outskirts of Blackpool, England.
All the Drums & Percussion were performed live on an electronic kit and recorded (as were the synths) directly to cassette.
Lou Clarke spent most of the 70's not of this Earth, a greatly formative time for him and those around him. The intervening period was spent retrospectively constructing a back catalogue of music to rival even the most seasoned of 'straight to charity shop' vinyl ghosts.
The All-Scars are a collection of well-trodden troubadours from a variety of Mancunian haunts who've generously come together to present these songs in something close to their original form as once might have been heard.
The 'Greatest Hits' album is a preventative measure precluding necessary high standards for a second work. All of the tracks have been taken from the future back catalogue including the upcoming demand avoidant '4th Album'.
Death Wish is the new action adventure by the famous horror director Eli Roth. The music to the remake of the 1974 movie classic is created by the Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson, known for his compositions to sitcoms like New Girl and Community. Shortly after releasing his Black Panther score he's back with another fantastic effort. The different pieces offers piano melodies, string sections and atmospheric electronic parts. Ludwig's writing is influenced by modern music and he shifts away from the original 70s funky sound by Herbie Hancock.
Special record store day edition of the Serpico classic soundtrack from 1973 composed by Mikis Theodorakis. Reissued on vinyl for the first time in decades, it features remastered audio, gatefold sleeve, artwork by Eric Adrian Lee and sleevenotes by film critic Jason Wood including a special interview with arranger Bob James.
40 Trips Around the Sun is a greatest hits album by American rock band Toto, released on February 9, 2018. The album was released in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Toto's self-titled debut album (1978).
Tony Allen, legendary drummer and innovator of Afrobeat with Fela Kuti, releases his latest in a long line of solo albums. Perhaps surprisingly for such a legend with such a long career and lengthy catalogue, The Source is Tony's first for Blue Note. The statuesque label has been through so many changes, now representing a philosophy of quality and the analogue principles of its founders. Warm jazz sounds.
What if Captain Beefheart had cut his teeth listening to The Fall instead of Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley? The result might have sounded like Receptacles’ new album, ‘That Explains Everything’, a near-perfect example of the “jazzed up punk shit” that Mark E. Smith once preached about but never quite produced.
Word Of Mouth was the second album by virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius, released in 1981 while he was still a member of Weather Report. Word Of Mouth focused on his ability to compose and arrange for a larger band than was previously featured on his first self titled album from 1976. The band's all-star cast included Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Don Alias and Toots Thielemans who is featured on harmonica on many of the songs.
Released in the spring of 1977, with recordings covering a two-year period from November 1974 to November 1976, All Hopped Up is NRBQ’s fifth album. But in many ways it showcases a new band with a new spirit, a new energy, and a new approach.
It’s the first album with drummer Tom Ardolino, who joined in August 1974 at the age of 19 and entered the recording studio just three month later. His joining signals the start of the edition of NRBQ that spanned almost 20 years while gaining notoriety for their blockbuster live performances and classic recordings.