Lovely, lovely vinyl. Saucer-shaped plastic platters of joy. Multi-coloured objects of desire, with big sleeves and… OK, before the drool hits the keyboard, let’s cut to the chase. This is the place to find the most lustworthy vinyl releases of the week, from box sets to special editions, to simple but sweet revivals of our favourite classic albums. See you at the record shop.
Speaking to us last year, Sunflower Bean singer Julia Cumming provided the aptly frank description to their new EP release mentioning, “this EP does not give a fuck, it’s reactionary, and a sharpened response to our times”. We agree. Sunflower Bean again proclaim why they’re one of New York’s hottest products at the moment with ‘King of the Dudes’. Is there a new album in the works? We hope so.
We recently described FIDLAR’s new album ‘Almost Free’ as “an eclectic collection that combines thumping choruses with bracingly frank lyrics”. The LA four-piece’s third album could be their best yet filled with bold new sonic choices whilst still juxtaposing between the garage punk sound that we know them for throughout.
RAT BOY’s third album release in three years is arguably his strongest yet. Working with LA based producer Tim Armstrong, who shares a common love with RAT BOY for punk energy combined with hip-hop beats, the record amplifies RAT BOY’s unruly riot act to a new level.
After a four-year break Sharon Van Etten is back with electrifying album ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, available on gorgeous pink vinyl. In our four-star review of the record, NME concluded: "[this] may well be her most intoxicating and impressive work to date."
Produced and mixed entirely by the London based four-piece, ‘Happy in the Hollow’ is an uncompromising recording blending elements from a wide range of different genres throughout including post punk and krautrock. A bold effort.
Curtis Mayfield’s first four studio albums ‘Curtis’ (1970), ‘Roots’ (1971), ‘Back to the World’ (1973) and ‘Sweet Exorcist’ (1974) return in newly re-mastered versions! This collection is a true tribute to the king of soul, and brilliant addition to any fan's collection.
Available via the label Music On Vinyl, this re-release, part of a run of 750 individually numbered copies on orange vinyl, pays homage to the legendary Jamaican ska trombonist and composer Don Drummond. Largely instrumental, it captures Drummond's exceptional talent as a jazz musician, which he channeled into his love of ska. Released on February 8.
Like the Don Drummond record, this re-release is limited to 750 individual numbered copies on sweet orange vinyl. Ellis was widely regarded as the 'Godfather of Rocksteady', having helped to pioneer the genre in Jamaica in the 1960s. Halfway between ska and reggae, this is a chill, soulful music compilation that peaks with the great musician's gorgeous, loved-up rendition of the classic pop song 'You've Made Me So Very Happy'. Released on February 1.