Music Releases 05-28-21
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Moby’s eclectic career has cast him in the roles of electronic dance music pioneer, singer and songwriter, producer, activist, and restaurateur, but for his latest venture he presents his music in a whole new light.
Together with Deutsche Grammophon, he is releasing an album of his best known tracks in stunning new arrangements for classical instruments – featuring Moby himself and a stellar lineup of collaborators from across the musical spectrum.
Always a daring and imaginative thinker, Moby’s first classical collaboration happened in October 2018, when he performed a selection of his songs alongside the LA Phil and conductor and friend Gustavo Dudamel. This was the inspiration for the current project, which features not only full orchestral versions but new electronic arrangements, as well as sophisticated smaller-scale acoustic interpretations.
The 14-track album includes classic Moby songs like “Porcelain”, “Why Does My Heart”, and “Extreme Ways” in innovative new versions, featuring eye-catching collaborations including both Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Víkingur Ólafsson on “Porcelain”; Gregory Porter and Amythyst Kiah on “Natural Blues”; and Kris Kristofferson as well as original vocalist Mark Lanegan on “The Lonely Night”. The album concludes with a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”.
'Nurture' is an album about hope, overcoming despair, faithfully pursuing a sense of purpose, and trying to prove that it's worthwhile to try. This album came about during a period of intense creative and emotional struggle. I had structured my life around the expectation that the only thing that made me happy was writing music. But it was exactly that obsession and imbalance that made writing music an impossibility for me for years. I wanted it too much, was highly self-critical, and I was so scared that I wouldn't ever be able to write music again. And the more desperate I became to write music, the harder it became. Only by accepting that I might never be able to do it again, and by embracing and trying to find happiness in aspects of life outside of music, was I able to slowly claw my way into being able to do it again. And on the other side of all this fear and anxiety, I found this life-giving sort of light and beauty. I felt a gratitude towards real life that I used to only feel towards fiction. I'm really, deeply glad that I wrote this album. It's my favorite music I've ever made, and it made me feel purposeful and happy to write music again. I want to write music that tells people that an earnest and sincere effort to overcome that thing you're struggling with is the best path forward. There's no shortage of fuel for despair and nihilism, but I've found that those things don't help. I want the listener to know that even when it seems impossible and insurmountable, it's worthwhile to do your best, that there's no shame in hope, and that purpose and meaning are worth pursuing.
Throughout their career, Blackberry Smoke has embodied Georgia’s rich musical legacy, honoring the people, places and sounds of their home state. As the band celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, their reverence for Georgia has only deepened.
On their latest album, You Hear Georgia, the follow-up to 2018’s critically acclaimed Find a Light, Blackberry Smoke is further celebrating these roots with 10 new songs that feel like Georgia, accented by the addition of Grammy-winning producer and fellow Georgia-native, Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile). “Dave and I had spoken for the last few years about making a record,” Starr says. “Finally, it worked out, our schedule and his schedule, and we said, yes—let’s make a record.”
Blackberry Smoke worked quickly, spending just 10 days at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, Cobb’s home base since 2016. The band recorded live on the floor, giving You Hear Georgia a crisp, outgoing feel. Like other Blackberry Smoke efforts, this album leans into well-crafted Southern rock driven by jagged guitar riffs and rich instrumentation, as the band layers on rollicking piano (“Live It Down”), funky grooves (“Hey Delilah”), and introspective acoustic sounds (the stripped-down, folk-leaning “Old Enough to Know”).
The title song, “You Hear Georgia” features a narrator who’s underestimated because of outward appearances and misguided stereotypes, which is a theme of Starr’s lyrics this time around, particularly as it relates to the band’s Southern roots. “Lyrically, the song is about the South being misunderstood. It’s obviously a rough and tumble world, and there’s a lot of bad people. But there’s a lot of good people too. It started with the idea of how people might have a preconceived opinion of you because of a thick Southern accent, then expanded into the reality of how some people just seem to have such a hard time getting along, thanks to political or religious views, or simply what part of the country you come from.”
Many of You Hear Georgia’s songs describe characters that are restless and prone to seeking out a change of scenery, in hopes of finding a place where they belong. Against cinematic backdrops with vivid details, it’s easy to empathize with these protagonists as they share pearls of wisdom (“Don’t ever trust a grown man with a nickname”) and exhibit deep self-awareness (“Anywhere’s better than staying here, with the ghosts running thru his mind”) along the way.
You Hear Georgia reinforces that the band members have come so far together because they also can rely on one another for support and creative direction, no matter what the circumstances.
Celebrated roots rock band Dispatch release their anticipated 8th studio album Break Our Fall out May 28 on Bomber Records/AWAL Recordings. Marking the band's eighth studio release, the songs on this record speak not only to Chadwick Stokes' and Brad Corrigan's personal evolution, but to human nature itself, charting a course from denial and resistance to growth and acceptance through deep introspection and empathetic character studies. For Stokes and Corrigan, the only constant these past few years has been change - marriage, birth, death, departure - add to that an exceedingly tense political climate, long-overdue reckonings on racial justice/gender equality and a runaway global pandemic and you've got Break Our Fall, an album that enriches Dispatch's distinguished legacy, on which the depth and breadth of the band's stunning songwriting is displayed in full force.
Throughout their first chapter, Del Amitri mastered the art of timeless, melodically focused pop-rock. Their hits - including ‘Nothing Ever Happens’, ‘Always The Last To Know’ and ‘Roll To Me’ - became international radio staples, propelling a career that accomplished five UK Top 10 albums and 6 million sales. Now Del Amitri are set to return with the release of their seventh studio album and first since 2002, ‘Fatal Mistakes’, on April 30th via Cooking Vinyl.
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8CD Book set with bonus 12 inch single. United Souls, in conjunction with Sony Legacy Recordings, is delighted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records with the eagerly anticipated release of Get On Board The Soul Train - The Sound Of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1. This is the first volume in a limited edition series which covers the first eight studio albums released by the label from 1971-1973. The series, in which all album are re-mastered from the original tapes, will map the history of Philadelphia International Records chronologically. Housed in a stylish 48 page slipcased book, the edition is strictly limited to 2500 copies. It also includes a numbered certificate of authenticity, an exclusive 12" single and a unique poster. The detailed 48 page hard cover book, including rare photographs was compiled and curated in association with PIR artists, engineers and producers, with liner notes by Tony Cummings (Author of The Sound of Philadelphia) and a foreword by Ralph Tee. The eight classic albums included in Volume 1 comprise: Billy Paul - Going East/Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - I Miss You/The O'Jays - Back Stabbers/Billy Paul - 360 Degrees of Billy Paul/Dick Jensen - Dick Jensen/The Intruders - Save the Children/MFSB - MFSB/Billy Paul - Ebony Woman. Exclusive 12"- The O'Jays - Back Stabbers / MFSB - Back Stabbers
In celebration of Pride Month, Nonesuch Records releases k.d. lang’s makeover, a new collection of classic dance remixes of some of her best-loved songs on May 28, 2021. The album brings these remixes, made between 1992 and 2000, together for the first time, and includes “Sexuality,” “Miss Chatelaine,” “Theme from the Valley of the Dolls,” “Summerfling,” and the #1 dance chart hits “Lifted By Love” and “If I Were You.” makeover’s cover art features a previously unseen 1995 portrait of lang by David LaChapelle. The album is available on transparent turquoise vinyl.
Taylor Swift has announced her ninth studio album, evermore; folklore's sister record. These songs were created with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, WB and Justin Vernon.
The deluxe physical edition will include two bonus tracks on 2 LP green vinyl.
As a conductor, curator and arranger, Robert Ames has been a key exchange agent between the classical tradition and contemporary music. co-Founding the London Contemporary Orchestra fresh out of the Royal Academy of Music, Robert went on to work like; conducting Jonny Greenwood’s Oscar Nominated score for the film Phantom Thread, strings for Frank Ocean’s Blonde, arranging and conducting shows for Little Simz and Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, as well as a longstanding relationship with composer Actress, producing and writing on on his 2020 album Karma & Desire. He’s also had collaborations with Thom Yorke, Jamie XX, Olafur Arnalds, Owen Pallet, Labrinth and Radiohead.
It’s with this deep apprehension and wide practice that Robert turned his focus to writing his debut record; a breathtaking, seemingly infinitely generative stream of sonic consciousness, made for a meditative mental gaze. Robert’s unique use of 20th c. electronic techniques and Western tradition annotation saw him slow down recordings, annotate the slow-motion versions, then re-recorded them. This way he formed layers of audio and written music, a geological contouring of the soundscape. This addition of manual information evolution counter-intuitively found a royal road to the unconscious.
The record has features from LCO Lead Violinist and One Little Independent signed composer Galya Bisengalieva as well as the Steam Down affiliated harpist and composer Nala Sinephro. At a time when worldly activity is minimal, Change Ringing is a sublime inner flight, an impossible object, in flux and focus at the same moment.
The fifth studio album by the British band World Party was originally released in 2000 and now on double vinyl (180g) for the first time ever. Having sometimes thought this record wasn't quite "finished", Karl Wallinger has added 6 songs from the sessions for this 2 LP gatefold release.
When Smoke Rises is the debut solo musical release from Toronto-based, poet, activist and songwriter Mustafa. Written in the past 18 months after losing several friends to gun violence, the project is a cross-genre celebration of his friends and narrative vignettes from his community, Regent Park. Mustafa describes his work as 'inner city folk music'.
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of one of music’s most historic record labels, Philadelphia International Records, with this LP release! The groundbreaking label, founded in 1971 by innovative and prolific songwriters/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the sophisticated Philly Soul sound also known as “The Sound of Philadelphia.” This compilation contains some of the most beloved and iconic songs from the label, from artists like The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti Labelle, MFSB, The Three Degrees and more!
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return with ‘L.W.’, their seventeenth studio album and the third volume in the band’s explorations into microtonal tunings. A companion piece to its 2020 predecessor, ‘K.G.’, as well as a stand-alone work of art in its own right, L.W. displays a collision of musical worlds. After a decade of frenzied productivity and a recent inability to tour, the band was able to “reset [their] brains” and embark upon a search for “the notes between the notes”. Out via KGLW. Indie Exclusive Silver Vinyl Anvil Edition.
50th anniversary of the original U.K. release of The Man Who Sold The World David Bowie’s landmark entry into the 1970s. The album not only began the collaboration with guitarist Mick Ronson that would continue with such Bowie classics as Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, it kicked off a 10-year run of indispensable albums stretching through 1980’s Scary Monsters.
The self-titled debut album by Working Men’s Club + bonus 7” flexi with new single “X”. US exclusive.
Here to bust out of Doledrum, clad in a t-shirt that screams "SOCIALISM" and armed with drum machine, synth, pedal and icy stare are Working Men's Club. Named after the wood paneled, community-run venues 18-year-old band leader and singer Sydney Minsky-Sargeant used to sneak into under age. It was at home in the town of Todmorden in West Yorkshire, feeling hemmed in, that Syd first began assembling these ten songs. "There's not much going on, not much stuff to do as a teenager," he says. "It's quite isolated. And it can get quite depressing being in a town where in the winter it gets light at nine in the morning and dark at four." Their eponymous debut is equal parts Calder Valley restlessness and raw Sheffield steel, as it was across the Pennines that Working Men's Club's hard edged electronic sound was forged under the watchful ear of producer Ross Orton (The Fall, M.I.A., Arctic Monkeys). Guitars locking horns with floor-filling beats, synths masquerading as drums and Minsky- Sargeant's scratchy, electrifying bedroom demos brought to their full potential by Orton's blade-sharp yet sensitive production.
Sharpen your blades and prepare for war with fast-rising USA black metal export STORMRULER! The St. Louis-based two-man project – featuring the dark lyrical genius and deft skill of guitarist/vocalist Jason Asberry and drummer Jesse Schobel – combines unrelenting black metal atmosphere and vision from varying metal genres with a brutal, modernized twist of inspiration culled from war, high-fantasy and history. STORMRULER's blistering debut album, Under The Burning Eclipse, does just that and more, and sees a 2021 re-release via Napalm Records. Featuring 19 tracks alternating with ominous instrumental ambience and incendiary black metal riffage and fury, the album tells harrowing tales of war, death, victory and defeat, and delivers an unmatched, hellscaped auditory experience. Creeping in like menacing sonic smoke, instrumental ambient intro track “Shine Of Ivory Horns” launches directly into opener “Reign Of The Winged Duke”. Instantly careened into a cascade of blastbeats and infernal riffage, searing vocals top the track as it tells the tale of an immortal magical beast searching for divine power! Under The Burning Eclipse evenly ebbs and flows between warning mystical atmosphere and ghastly action, evident on the likes of blackened headbobbers “Age Of Steel & Blood”, “Dawn Of The Eternal Fire” and unrelenting 8+ minute title epic “Under The Burning Eclipse”. Standout burner “Of Hollowed Souls & Distant Flame” looks to the north with archaic screams and memorable, colossal progressions, while combat-ready tracks like “At The Cliffs Of Azure City” incorporate ruminations of classic heavy metal combined with scorched, war-torn percussion. The album traverses desolate musical peaks and valleys before closing with the otherworldly brutality of “Fear The Old Blood” – a non-stop onslaught of black metal attack – and ambient, acoustically-driven finisher of olde“Fields Of Mortal Shame”. Under The Burning Eclipse is a solid hour of fantasy-laden, grim fables transfixed in blackened scourge. Fans of extreme metal will not want to miss this debut offering from the mighty STORMRULER!
Reissue on vinyl of the 2006 collection of PJ Harvey sessions with the late BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, spanning recordings from the start of her career in 1991 up to 2004. Reissue is faithful to the original recording and package, with cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey producer John Parish.
2021 marks easy life’s graduation as the world’s definitive and most exciting band around. Over the last few years, the group has paved their own way via a catalog bursting with introspective, escapist, outsider-anthems. Their debut album, life’s a beach, holds a title that makes total sense, argues Murray, when you’re “from slap bang in the middle of the country, geographically as far from the nearest seaside as possible.” The beach of life’s a beach is not, then, a Caribbean hideaway. A band formed right down to the name itself as an escape, songs like “a message to myself” cement easy life’s place in the world – as musicians, as young men, and as beacons of positivity. The fact that they’re set to release their debut album as the world enjoys – hopefully – a safe return to the beach seems oddly fitting amidst their unpredictable rise to date.
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Country rocker and bearded businessman Tim Montana today released his first album as a signed artist, Long Shots via Music Knox Records/BBR Music Group. In celebration, the Montana native appeared on FOX & Friends to talk about the album and perform "River Kids." The performance was captured in Tim's legendary garage in Nashville, which has been host to many performances from artists like Kid Rock and Billy Gibbons (of ZZ Top).
The Montana native blends Country with rock electric guitar and influences from the West to deliver a collection of 12 songs that embraces hard and fast-living, the American experience and the blue-collar way. The music is unapologetic, relatable and raw and embraces the everyman and folks who ain't afraid to do the dirty work. The album title is a nod to the hard road Montana had to take to arrive at this moment and how as improbable as his ambitions may have seemed, he overcame his struggles and all of the odds-and he did it his own way. As a whole, this album is an ode to the underdogs and screams "hard work pays off."
"Where I come from nobody trusts you if you're not a little dirty and I respect the hell out of that-I'm proud to have earned the calluses on my hands and dirt in my beard," said Tim Montana, "It's been quite the ride getting to this point and glad I got the chance to take all of the blood, sweat and tears and turn it into something that slaps. I hope those who feel overworked and underappreciated listen to this and know that this ol' boy has been there and that I salute them."
The music draws upon imagery from Tim's days growing up in a single-wide north of Butte, Montana without electricity, grinding it out by taking odd jobs just to pay the bills (like cleaning kennels, operating a carousel, being a ranch hand) and hard living on the road. Montana teamed up with award-winning producer, Michael Knox (Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Thomas Rhett) to bring his stories to life and build upon his distinct sound, which draws influence from the rural, outdoorsy lifestyle with a hint of adrenaline, befitting of the off-the-grid thrill-seeker. The music is Country-but don't mistake it for southern. With geography impacting Tim's musical influences, he's located somewhere between Seattle and its grunge, Texas' roadhouse, Nashville's Country, Wyoming's Chris LeDoux, and the Heartland's rock.
Despite his rough-and-tumble appearance and hell-raising tendencies, Montana has an unmatched magnetism that has made him fast friends from people from all walks of life including rock legends, tribesman, rappers, CEOs, NFL players, ranchers, fellow country artists and everybody in between. It's with this genuine charisma that Montana tackles each song, whether high octane (like his Evel Knievel-inspired "Do It Fast"), or sweet and nostalgic ("River Kids"), leaning into his seasoned past to deliver authentic vocal performances highlighted by his gritty tones.
His unparalleled relatability is infused throughout his songwriting to deliver a comforting simplicity during these complicated times. Even his sweetest love song is no fuss. With "Bar Band" he simply states "I want to make you happy," by employing the American experience and pure joy of being at a bar, listening to a live band to get his message across. The airy track, while so simplistic in its approach, is sharp and loaded with classic rock references-and is most importantly Dave Grohl-approved.
Chiefly considered an artist, Montana is a true Renaissance man, moonlighting as a TV personality, marksman, father, husband, foodie, hell-raiser, businessman and-he'll soon add film actor to his resume (he recently wrapped filming for The Last Son alongside Heather Graham, Machine Gun Kelley, Thomas Jane and Sam Worthington). In addition to starring in his own show, "Tim Montana's Wild Side" on Velocity Outdoor Channel, Tim is involved in Ravin, CenterPoint, Crosman, Benjamin, Polaris, Black Rifle Coffee, Fender, Gerber, Bicycles, Indian Motorcycles, Kicker Performance Audio, Orange Amplifiers, Snap On and Traeger Grills, in addition to his own companies Whisker Bomb Original Foods (with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons), Tim Montana's Vigilante Cigars (with Big Sky Cigars) and Ol' Boy Apparel.
TIM MONTANA / LONG SHOTS
For fans worldwide of Too Short, E-40, Spice 1, Celly Cel, Suga Free and Bay Area Hip Hop! Dru Down released his debut album Fools from the Streets in 1993 to moderate success in the Bay Area. The local success of his album led to him being signed to Relativity Records, a Sony Music imprint to release his second album Explicit Game in 1994. The album spawned Dru Down's most successful single to date, “Pimp of the Year”, which peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single stayed on Billboard for 24 weeks. Dru Down's third album, Can You Feel Me, was released in 1996, and spawned a single of the same name that was a minor but commercial hit. It also featured Dru Down's first collaboration with his father, Bootsy Collins, which was followed by a guest appearance on Collins' album Fresh Outta 'P' University. Can You Feel Me peaked at #54 on the Billboard 200, and was critically praised, receiving a 4/5 star rating from Allmusic. That same year, Dru Down began his acting career, appearing in the movie Original Gangstas as Kayo. He also appeared on the 2Pac song "All About You" from 2Pac's fourth studio album All Eyez on Me. Dru is set to release Livin Legend (God Willin) Pt. 2, the follow up to the 2020 release of Livin Legend (God Willin) Pt. I.. The first single “What Are You Lookin At” will be serviced to streaming outlets on April 16th.
Latin superstar, JUANES, has won over fans around the world with his distinctive style and songwriting. Origen, his 10th studio album, is a lovingly curated collection that reimagines some of the most important songs and artists that have shaped his own early musical vision. Featuring 12 of the biggest hits in Latin music history, including "El Amor Despues del Amor," Origen has been hailed as "one of the most anticipated albums of 2021" by Rolling Stone.