This Week’s New Releases: Paul McCartney, Chic And Spiritualized

This week there are some big hitters coming out to play. Paul McCartney has put out his first solo record for five years, Chic and Nile Rodgers have returned with their first since 1992 and Spiritualized have finally followed up 2012’s ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light’.

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Adult. – ‘This Behavior’ (Dais Records)

Boston Manor – ‘Welcome To The Neighbourhood’ (Pure Noise Records)

Chic – ‘It’s About Time’ (EMI)

Chilly Gonzales – ‘Solo Piano III’ (Gentle Threat)

Clutch – ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’ (Weathermaker)

Eric Bachmann – ‘No Recover’ (Merge Records)

Happy. – ‘Cult Classic’ (Rude Records)

JEFF the Brotherhood – ‘Magick Songs’ (Caroline Interational)

Joey Purp – ‘Quarterthing’ (Joey Purp LLC)

Lenny Kravitz – ‘Raise Vibration’ (BMG)

Mirah – ‘Understanding’ (K Records)

MNEK – ‘Language’ (Virgin EMI)

Mothers – ‘Render Another Ugly Method’ (Epitaph)

Paul McCartney – ‘Egypt Station’ (Capitol)

Paul Simon – ‘In The Blue Light’ (Sony)

Rae Spoon – ‘Bodiesofwater’ (Coax Records)

Rudimental – ‘Toast To Our Differences’ (Asylum)

Ruston Kelly – ‘Dying Star’ (Decca)

Sauna Youth – ‘Deaths’ (Upset The Rhythm)

Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’ (Bella Union)

St. Paul & the Broken Bones – ‘Young Sick Camellia’ (Columbia)

Swamp Dogg – ‘Love, Loss And Auto-Tune’ (Joyful Noise Recordings)

Teleman – ‘Family Of Aliens’ (Moshi Moshi)

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Staff Picks: Liam Turner

TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2016

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’

‘I Like It When You Sleep…’ is an overproduced, overwrought and overindulgent mishmash of a thing. So, just how Matt Healey and co. have managed to take such inauspicious ingredients and turn them into the musical equivalent of a moreish Eton mess is all the more mind boggling. Indie-pop has never had it quite so good.

Bon Iver – ‘22, A Million’

Cryptic and convoluted, Bon Iver’s third full-length release may have lacked appeal on paper. However, on ‘22, A Million’ mainman Justin Vernon does what he does best by distilling raw human emotion into a delicate, finely crafted musical experience. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what the bloody hell he’s on about, only that you feel what it is that he’s saying.

Conor Oberst – ‘Ruminations’

Featuring just a guitar, harmonica, piano and, of course, Oberst’s voice, ‘Ruminations’ is easily one of the most sparse records of 2016. Such minimalism completely works in the record’s favour, though, as we are truly able to focus on the carefully-woven tales of heartbreak and tragedy that Oberst so plaintively tells. Sometimes the simplest music really is the best.

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love & Hate’

From the epic grandiosity of opener Cold Little Heart, you know you’re in for a treat with Kiwanuka’s second full-length LP. The album certainly doesn’t hold back in terms of its scope, with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. But rather than its scale, its Kiwanuka’s increasing ability to blend sentiment with soul that truly sets ‘Love & Hate’ apart.

David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’

A swansong like no other, ‘Blackstar’ is Bowie’s final gift to the world.The record represents the singer’s unparalleled ability to turn even the most lamentable of circumstances into something worth celebrating, while simultaneously bookending what is an incredibly vast and varied body of work. An artist in the true sense of the word.

Honourable mentions: Radiohead – ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, Teleman – ‘Brilliant Sanity’, Metronomy – ‘Summer 08’, Green Day – ‘Revolution Radio’, C Duncan – ‘The Midnight Sun’.

TOP 5 SINGLES OF 2016

Francis and the Lights – Friends (feat. Bon Iver)

The 1975 – Somebody Else

Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions

Warpaint – New Song

Christine and the Queens – Tilted

Honourable mentions: The xx – On Hold, VANT – PEACE & LOVE, Blossoms – Charlemagne, Mystery Jets – Bubblegum, Creeper – Suzanne

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This Week’s New Releases: Deftones, Frightened Rabbit And Tacocat

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This week I think it’s completely fair to say that there’s something for everyone. Deftones are finally following up 2012’s ‘Koi No Yokan’ with ‘Gore’, Frightened Rabbit are offering up LP #5 with ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’ and Tacocat  are putting out their third album, ‘Lost Time’.

If none of the above are your cup of tea cast your eye over the rest of our selection of this week’s new releases below.

All Saints- ‘Red Flag’

Deftones – ‘Gore’ (Reprise)

Frightened Rabbit – ‘Painting Of A Panic Attack’ (Atlantic)

Future Of The Left – ‘The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left’ (Prescriptions Music)

Lody Kong – ‘Dreams And Visions’ (Mascot)

M83 – ‘Junk’ (Naive)

Parquet Courts – ‘Human Performance’ (Rough Trade)

Teleman – ‘Brilliant Sanity’ (Moshi Moshi)

The Dandy Warhols – ‘Distortland’ (Dine Alone)

The Lumineers – ‘Cleopatra’ (Decca)

Zakk Wylde – ‘Book Of Shadows II’ (Spinefarm Records)

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