Wolf Alice – Visions Of Life
Having recently endeared themselves to an already devoted fanbase with a UK tour of small venues, the band are now spoiling them with their second album. The youthful exuberance of My Love Is Cool is still evident at times but this is at times but the question is: where they might be going next?
Wolf Alice – Heavenward
Tricky – Ununiform
The 13th studio album from the trip-hop artist, full off taut simmering emotions, and his dark, whispery voice. Very much back to the form, and style of his great debut Maxinquaye, guest vocalist include Russian rappers, and alongside American singers his ex-girlfriend and continuing collaborator, Martina Topley-Bird. A certain Jay-Z also co-engineered the album
Tricky – The Only Way
Pere Ubu – 20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo
Following 2015’s Carnival of Souls, David Thomas describes the new one thus: “The new album is The James Gang teaming up with Tangerine Dream. The Chinese Whispers methodology we worked on the last two albums has been replaced by the Dark Room. Put musicians in a lightless room and by feeling one small section of an unknown object have them figure what it must be.” In other words, expect a very decent dose of fast, often sinister, punk electronica:
Blancmange – Unfurnished Rooms
The rebooted Blancmange have had a busy year, releasing Fader’s First Light in June and here's the follow-up. All the songs were written by Neil Arthur and co-produced by Benge who also plays percussion and analogue synth 'Don't Get Me Wrong' features fanboy John Grant on piano and backing vocals.
Blancmange – What's The Time
David Gilmour – Live At Pompeii
A return to visit to the scene of his former band's famous 1972 performance but this time it's in front of an audience as well as a camera crew. Gilmour takes a run through the Floyd back catalogue but there's some of his recent solo work as well. Seems a shame that the audience chose to film this on their smartphones rather than experience the spectacle of the venue and what could be one of his last tours.
David Gilmour – One Of These Days
David Bowie – A New Career In A New Town
Apparently the last in the Bowie boxset series focuses on the Berlin Trilogy of Low, Heroes and Lodger – albums that have not been available on vinyl for some time. Notable additions include a new Tony Visconti remix of Lodge and Re:Call 3, a compilation of single versions, non-album singles and b-sides from the period, and songs featured on soundtracks. The addition of Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) - the final RCA album - feels a bit like a contractual afterthought.
David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging
D.A.F. – Das Ist DAF
A welcome trawl through the Neue Deutsche Welle elektropunsters’ back catalogue featuring all four albums and a set of remixes – any excuse to listen to Der Mussolini.
D.A.F. – Der Mussolini
This week's selection is by Michael Moloney, aka llamalpaca from the vinyl-only record and design store, Chameleon, with additions by The Landlord.
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