January 30, 2015

Solid Steel Radio Show 30/1/2015

In Hour 2 this week we kick off a new regular feature for Solid Steel - Record Store Residency. Launching off the back of our successful RSD 2014 special, each month we’ll be asking some of the best record shops from around the world to contribute a 60 minute mix, showcasing the music they love. First up it’s Drift Record Shop from Devon in the UK, who deliver us a mix and told us "The shop curation is pretty scatty, so to avoid too much of a discordant listen we focused primarily on drum machines, synths, pianos and organs." Music on offer from Oneohtrix Point Never, Romare, Martyn, Radiohead, Four Tet and The Gaslamp Killer for your Friday afternoon listening pleasure.

Artist Title Record Label
Oneohtrix Point Never _ Boring Angel _ Warp
Eric Chenaux _ Skullsplitter _ Constellation Records
The Child of Lov _ Give Me _ Double Six
Romare _ Work Song _ Ninja Tune
Les Sins _ Bother _ Company Records
Martyn _ Masks _ Brainfeeder
Radiohead _ Bloom [Mark Pritchard RMX] _ XL
Mountains _ Thousand Square _ Thrill Jockey
Luke Abbott _ Brazil (Slow Version) _ Border Community
Four Tet _ Kool FM _ TEXT
The Gaslamp Killer _ Apparitions (with Gonjasufi) _ Brainfeeder
Sam Williams _ He Will Fix It _ Tompkins Square
Lewis _ I Thought the World of You _ Light In The Attic
Gurdjieff / De Hartmann _ The Struggle Of The Magicians Part Three _ Light In The Attic
Ghostface Killah (Feat. Kandance Springs) _ Love Don't Live Here No More _ Salvation

Check out the Solid Steel website solidsteel.net/ for track lists and archive shows

January 29, 2015

Drift x Solid Steel

We were very flattered to be asked to contribute a guest mix to Ninja Tune's long running (possibly Worlds' longest running...) Solid Steel Radio Show. Our mix is the second hour of tonight's programme live on NTS Radio and we'll post a listen again link tomorrow. The first hour is Kutmah x Beat Spacek; we've heard it, you don't want to miss that!


January 27, 2015

The Unthanks - Mount The Air

Psyched that The Unthanks have a new studio album out this February. 'Mount The Air' is their first album in four years (babies...) and they've used the time to forge a real beauty. Damn fine band and super nice guys too. We had opportunity to drive them around Texas one morning years back and even when hurtling in a people carrier mostly on the wrong side of the road, definitely through a stop sign and categorically really close to a collision... they were really mellow about it.

January 26, 2015

Coming Soon: Eric Chenaux

Eric Chenaux has emerged as one of the most distinctive, innovative and original voices in what might be called avant-garde balladry. Skullsplitter (out next month on Constellation) has moments of fragile longing over figurative piano shapes and drawn out and destructive textures. Creative, rich and partially improvised, it's really good and very powerful stuff.

January 24, 2015

All We Are Bonus 7"

Preorder the self-titled debut All We Are album, and we have a bonus 7" single for you. This is exactly what is will sound like.

January 23, 2015

John Carpenter "Lost Themes" listening party

This Saturday (24th January) at 3pm we will be having an exclusive full album playback of John Carpenter's forthcoming 'Lost Themes' album.  The Legendary Director and Composer behind Halloween, Escape From New York, They Live, Assault on Precinct 13 and many more releases his debut solo album on Sacred Bones Records next month, but you can hear it in advance and pre-order a very limited number of Black & White split vinyl versions.

Come join us at Drift. Take it in. "All right, get your machine ready, I'm coming out."

January 21, 2015

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - 'Mindlessness' Ltd 7"

Woh... week of radical drops. Bonnie "Prince" Billy has joined the flash release gang. Check out the video below for 'Blindlessness', the B-Side cut on a very ltd 7" single we will have in the shop this weekend. Only 150 copies for the UK... we'll have a bunch, but that don't mean they'll last ya'll.

January 19, 2015

Stream: Jeff Cowell 'Lucky Strikes And Liquid Gold'

"Ten road-weary tales from the wrong side of outlaw country."

Out in a couple of weeks on Numero is an LP previously harder to find than... hen's teeth. Cut from the same cloth as Townes Van Zandt and David Allan Coe, the hard-drinking Jeff Cowell was treading his pathways in the crumbling Michigan countryside.

One from he vaults, you can hear the album below buy yourself one here.

January 17, 2015

Reissues: Chavez

Cult favourite albums, back in print after over ten years.

Chavez are fronted by guitarist Matt Sweeney, who was previously a member of Skunk, Wider and played with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Guided By Voices and Zwan amongst others. Drummer James Lo also came from Wider and the band are rounded out by guitarist Clay Tarver (Bullet Lavolta) and bassist Scott Marshall. 1995′s 'Gone Glimmering' and 1996's 'Ride The Fader' are unbeatable slabs of thinking-person's loud rock from an era where such sounds were not in short supply. Since release, they never quite broke up - they just take many years inbetween gigs (and many more years making us wait for a third album). But there’s an awful lot to be said for leaving a flawless recorded legacy behind, and Matador have this week issued both on vinyl, the first time in a decade.

“It’s not like we’re out to desconstruct rock, but when we started the band, we had an agreement that we wouldn’t play anything that sounded like something we’d heard before.”Matt Sweeney (speaking to Billboard in 1996)

Explaining why now to reissue, Matador explain; To say both albums have grown in stature and influence years after their release would not be an exaggeration, but that’s precisely why we’re taking brutal advantage of the situation at this very moment.

“Some of the most exciting rock songs of the last decade” - Pitchfork

January 16, 2015

First Look: Sleater-Kinney

It was a foregone conclusion that these would sell out on preorder, but we were stoked this week to find ourselves in the (temporary) possession of a handful more copies of Sleater-Kinney's "No Cities To Love". It's our January record of the month and is a triumph of all the things that rightfully inspired Greil Marcus to label them the 'best band in the world'. Fierce. 

As seen below, the special vinyl edition is exclusively available to independent retailers. Deluxe 180g white vinyl LP plus bonus 12” with etched B-side, packaged in a 6- panel gatefold with double-sided poster and presented in a hard cardboard slip.

Don't miss out on this one, a stunning record and a really beautiful edition.

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