This Week’s New Releases: Kid Cudi, Deftones, Belle and Sebastian

This is going to be our last new releases blog post of 2020, a year that saw live shows disappear but that brought about more new music than we could have hoped for.

This week, Kid Cudi has put out the third instalment in his ‘Man On The Moon’ series that started in 2009, Deftones celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘White Pony’ with a deluxe reissue and remix LP called ‘Black Stallion’, and Belle and Sebastian have dropped a double LP.

Next week, you can look forward to new records from Paul McCartney and Lanterns On The Lake, among a few others.

Merry Christmas, and enjoy the new music below!

Alanis Morissette – ‘Such Pretty Forks In The Mix’ EP (HE.SHE.THEY. Records)

The Avalanches – ‘We Will Always Love You’ (Modular)

Belle and Sebastian – ‘What To Look For In Summer’ (Matador)

Bladee and Mechatok – ‘Good Luck’ (YEAR0001)

Boris / Merzbow – ‘2R0I2P0’ (Relapse Records)

BOYO – ‘Alone Together In Los Angeles’ (Park The Van)

Deftones – ‘White Pony (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)/Black Stallion’ (Reprise Records)

Fetty Wap – ‘You Know The Vibes’ (300 Entertainment/RGF Productions)

Ghostpoet – ‘I Grow Tired But I Dare Not Fall Asleep (Again)’ (Play It Again Sam)

Guided By Voices – ‘Styles We Paid For’ (GBV)

James Blake – ‘Covers’ EP (UMG/Republic/Polydor)

JPEGMAFIA – ‘EP!’ (EQT Recordings/Republic Records)

Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams – ‘Plastic Bouquet’ (New West)

Kid Cudi – ‘Man On The Moon III: The Chosen’ (Republic Records)

The Kills- ‘Little Bastards’ (Domino)

The Kinks – ‘Lola vs Powerman and the Moneyground Part 1 (50th anniversary box set)’ (BMG/Sanctuary)

Landshapes – ‘Contact’ (Bella Union)

Less Than Jake – ‘Silver Linings’ (Pure Noise Records)

M.Ward – ‘Think Of Spring’ (Anti-)

Nilüfer Yanya – ‘Feeling Lucky?’ EP (ATO/[PIAS])

The Neighbourhood – ‘Chip Chrome and the Mono-Tones (Deluxe)’ (Columbia)

ShitKid – ‘CROTCHROCK’ EP (PNKSLM Recordings)

Sturgill Simpson – ‘Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 2 (Cowboy Arms Sessions)’ (High Top Mountain Records/Thirty Tigers)

Various Artists – ‘Independent Venue Week LIVE 2020’ (IVW)

Various Artists – ‘Cyberpunk 2077: Radio Vol.1 – OST’ (Lakeshore)

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This Week’s New Releases: American Football, Van Morrison And Jenny Lewis

This week is BUSY! American Football have dropped LP #3 — not making us wait seven years, like they did for the follow up to their debut LP. Meanwhile, Van Morrison has already followed up ‘The Prophet Speaks’, which came out in December, and Jenny Lewis has shared her fourth album — which boasts contributions from a backing band featuring Beck, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams.

Fancy something else? Fill your boots below.

American Football – ‘American Football’ (LP3) (Big Scary Monsters)

Andrew Bird – ‘My Finest Work Yet’ (Virgin EMI)

Apparat – ‘LP5’ (Mute)

Avey Tare – ‘Cows On Hourglass Pond’ (Domino)

Bonnie Tyler – ‘Between The Earth And The Stars’ (earMUSIC via Absolute)

Connie Constance – ‘English Rose’ (AMF/Virgin EMI/Universal Music Operations Limited)

Crows – ‘Silver Tongues’ (Balley Records)

Dean Lewis – ‘A Place We Knew’ (Universal Music Australia/Island Records Australia)

Ex Hex – ‘It’s Real’ (Merge)

Fil Bo Riva – ‘Beautiful Sadness’ (Humming Records)

Ibibio Sound Machine – ‘Doko Mien’ (Merge)

Iron & Wine – ‘Our Endless Numbered Days (Deluxe)’ (Sub Pop)

Jenny Lewis – ‘On The Line’ (Warner Bros)

Kaori Muraji – ‘Cinema’ (Decca Classics)

La Dispute – ‘Panorama’ (Epitaph)

Lambchop – ‘This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)’ (City Slang)

Lucy Rose – ‘No Words Left’ (Communion JV)

Maverick Sabre – ‘When I Wake Up’ (FAMM)

Megadeth – ‘Warheads On Foreheads’ (UMC)

Michael Ball – ‘Coming Home To You’ (Decca)

Nilüfer Yanya – ‘Miss Universe’ (ATO Records)

Sleeper – ‘The Modern Age’ (Gorsky Records)

Spiral Stairs – ‘We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized’ (Nine Mile Records)

Strand of Oaks – ‘Eraserland’ (Dead Oceans)

Tamaryn – ‘Dreaming The Dark’ (DERO Arcade)

These New Puritans – ‘Inside The Rose’ (Infectious Records)

Van Morrison – ‘The Healing Game’ (Sony)

Wallows – ‘Nothing Happens’ (Atlantic)

Yungblud – ‘Yungblud (Live In Atlanta)’ (Locomotion Recordings/Geffen Records)

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Things We Love This Week: The Orielles, Ibibio Sound Machine, Nilüfer Yanya

Everybody (yea-ah)… rock your body (yea-ah)… blog is back…ALRIGHT!

*To the tune of the Backstreet Boys, which has been spinning in my head for six hours since they announced a UK tour this morning. You’re welcome.*

The Orielles – Bobbi’s Second World

After the release of highly regarded ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ earlier this year, dream poppers the Orielles’ new one is a funky song about a cat. Influenced by a northern soul vibe and that post-punk revival scene that’s knocking around, it’s fun, groovy and just a little bit psychedelic.

The band said of the track: It centres around the story of a cat named Bobbi who, in order to become a lady, has to experience the extremities of two complex and differing realities – situated in her front and back gardens respectively.”

Bobbie’s Second World comes backed by a cover of Peggy Gou’s It Makes You Forget (Itgehane), a bop that makes some interesting use of panning in the vocal break. Get your ears and dancing shoes ready, it’s Friday.

Ibibio Sound Machine – Basquiat

WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT THIS IN YOUR LIFE?!

Basquiat is a disco party in its Sunday Best. Loose piano trills open the track, along with simple staccato vocals and some tickling percussion, before that funky bass guitar kicks in and the party starts. Awwww yeeah.

It was written earlier this year for the Barbican’s Video Jam event, inspired by the work of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Nilüfer Yanya – Heavyweight Champion of the Year

More than anything, Yanya’s new song and video combo is here purely as the latest instalment to one of my favourite in-head listicles, People Playing Electric Guitars That Aren’t Plugged In. She is second to the current chart topper: Snail Mail’s Heatwave, which finds Lindsey Jordan playing while ice skating. Come on now.

Panda Bear – Dolphin

Lastly: don’t do drugs, kids.

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