Includes records by The Fall, Stephen Malkmus and more
In this fast-paced musical landscape, where it’s so easy to simply put a playlist on shuffle, nothing compares to putting a record on, sitting back and enjoying all it has to offer in full (or at least until you have get up again to flip it over).
Every week, NME will round up the best vinyl releases available to buy or pre-order. Check out the best from this week below.
Vampire Weekend – ‘Father Of The Bride’
Vampire Weekend haven’t released a record since 2013’s ‘Modern Vampires Of The City‘, but they will more than make up for the six-year wait with a 18-track double album, their long-awaited fourth LP ‘Father of the Bride’, which arrives on 3 May. We’ve already heard four songs from it (the carefree groove of ‘Sunflower’, the breezy ‘Big Blue’, minimal but intricate ‘2021’ and dazzling ‘Harmony Hall’) and seen two pretty great videos (one sees frontman Ezra Koenig flipping pancakes, while he hangs out with none other than Jerry Seinfeld in the other). If it’s an indicator of what’s to come from the mammoth ‘FOTB’ as a whole, then we cannot wait.
Karen O & Danger Mouse – ‘Lux Prima’
While fans await another Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, Karen O’s solo trajectory has been intriguing to follow. She released a solo LP, ‘Crush Songs’, in 2014, performed at the Oscars for ‘Her’ soundtrack contribution ‘Moon Song’ the same year, worked with everyone from Michael Kiwanuka to Parquet Courts and, now, has teamed up with Danger Mouse for new collaborative release ‘Lux Prima’. In our NME review, we described it as “a hypnotic listen” and an “intergalactic utopia”. It’s quite like anything the singer has done before.
Fat White Family – ‘Feet’
Ahead of their new album ‘Serfs Up!’, which is being readied for release on 19 April via their new home at Domino Records, Fat White Family have issued a taster of what to expect with lead single ‘Feet’. The London band sound bigger than ever, with added string section and huge-sounding production, but haven’t lost their edge one bit – their lyrics remain bold, brash and provocative. ‘Feet’ is available now on limited edition 12-inch vinyl.
Stephen Malkmus – ‘Groove Denied’
The new album from ex-Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus almost didn’t see the light of day. When the slacker-rock veteran first submitted the electronic, new wave-ish LP, inspired by the like of The Human League, to his long-time label Matador, the imprint were hesitant to release it, eventually compromising that he put out his more guitar-leaning ‘Sparkle Hard’ (which arrived in May 2018) first. ‘Groove Denied’ is available now, so you can hear for yourself what all the fuss was about.
KH – ‘Only Human’
Kieran Hebden has gone by many monikers of the course of his career: his birth name, one very illegible alias, Percussions and, most famously, Four Tet. He’s now opted for simply his two-letter initials (KH) for a rework of a 2006 Nelly Furtado deep cut (‘Afraid’). The resulting track, ‘Only Human’, is a hypnotic club-ready jam and is available on limited edition single-sided 12-inch via Hebden’s own Text imprint from 19 April.
The Fall – ‘Bend Sinister / The Domesday’ Pay-Off Triad-Plus!’
Releasing 31 studio albums during frontman Mark E Smith’s lifetime, even die-hard The Fall fans will be forgiven for having overlooked ‘Bend Sinister’, the Manc band’s ninth record, released in 1986. It’s not as widely-loved as ‘Hex Enduction Hour’ or ‘Perverted By Language’, but nonetheless came in at No.7 in NME’s list of the year’s best album (above The Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’, even). This reissue, which includes the US version under the altered title of ‘The Domesday Pay-Off Triad-Plus!’, comes with six unreleased songs and a 24-page booklet with notes from journalist and DJ Daryl Easlea.
Holly Herndon – ‘PROTO’
Rather than fearing technological advancement, Holly Herndon’s new album ‘PROTO’ (out 10 May) embraces it wholeheartedly. “There’s a pervasive narrative of technology as dehumanizing. We stand in contrast to that. It’s not like we want to run away; we’re very much running towards it, but on our terms,” she says of the album, which sees the experimental musician collaborating with both human vocalists and an AI machine that she’s developed called Spawn. “I don’t want to live in a world in which humans are automated off stage. I want an AI to be raised to appreciate and interact with that beauty.”
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – ‘The Brian Jonestown Massacre’
Almost 25 years since their debut, The Brian Jonestown Massacre are more prolific now than ever, having only released predecessor ‘Something Else’ nine months ago. They’ve now released a record a year since 2014 and their self-titled 18th album, out now on 180g clear vinyl, proves that Anton Newcombe and co remain at their woozy, engaging best.
The Comet Is Coming – ‘Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery’
The jazz revival is very much underway with a new generation infusing the genre with brand-new sounds. London-based trio The Comet Is Coming, led by saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, are at the very forefront of this exciting scene. Their last record was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, while this new effort has been describing as “finding meaning in that which you cannot grasp” and exploring “truth in the existence of a primordial energy”. Coming on 10 April, we’re looking forward to how that translates into unwinding cosmic jams.
The Cinematic Orchestra – ‘To Believe’
The last album from electronic-jazz stalwarts The Cinematic Orchestra came way back in 2007 and its follow-up, ‘To Believe’, looks to be a star-studded affair, bringing together the best and brightest from the scene (Moses Sumney, Heidi Vogel, Dorian Concept) as well as folk musician Grey Reverend, soul singer Tawiah and the inimitable Roots Manuva.