This Month's Vinyl Picks: January 2017
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first of our monthly vinyl round-ups for 2017, in which we'll be picking one new release, one reissue and a random selection from the back-catalogues to help you spend that Christmas money that's been burning a hole in your pocket since Boxing Day.
This month there are new releases from You Me At Six, Dropkick Murphys and Bonobo, as well as the debut album from Sundara Karma and a vinyl edition of A Tribe Called Quest's fifth and final album, but these are the ones we're recommending to kick off the year...
New Release of the Month: The xx – I See You
This month sees the return of The xx, who are set to release the follow-up to their chart-topping 2012 sophomore album Coexist on January 13th. The new album is called I See You and, according to the group's producer and all-round head honcho Jamie Smith, will feature a “completely different concept” to their first two albums. The vinyl version comes in two flavours – a standard black vinyl 12” and a box set which includes both CD and vinyl versions of the album, as well as a dvd, an extra 12” with three more tracks and a set of prints designed by Alasdair McLellan. Both versions come are pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl and come in a mirrored sleeve embossed with the band's logo. You can pre-order both in our online store...
Reissue of the Month: Erasmo Carlos - Carlos, Erasmo...
Light In The Attic
January is a bit of a quiet month on the reissue front, but besides a couple more Pink Floyd reissues (namely The Final Cut and A Momentary Lapse of Reason) the best of the bunch is this underrated gem from Brazilian songwriter Carlos Erasmo. A major star in his native Brazil, but little-known elsewhere, this sort-of eponymous album was first released in 1971 and blends traditional styles like samba with garage rock, psychedelia, funk, soul and plenty more besides. Highlights include opener 'De Noite Na Cama' and '26 Anos De Vida Normal' – yes, the lyrics are in Spanish, but don't let that put you off. If you've enjoyed the work of Lucas Santtana or are a bit partial to music with a latin flavour, this really is worth looking up.
One from the Archives: The Smiths - The Smiths
There are a handful of albums that could lay claim to being the best debut album released in the 1980s by a British band, including the self-titled offerings from The Stones Roses and Violent Femmes, but the 1984 eponymous debut from Morrissey and co. has to be one of the strongest contenders. The band's paradigm-shifting appearances on Top of the Pops in the mid-1980s were a game-changer for guitar bands, thanks largely to the dazzlingly intricate fretwork of Johnny Marr, not to mention Morrissey's uniquely acerbic lyrics. Their debut also happens to feature two of Marr's best riffs in 'This Charming Man' and the superb 'What Difference Does It Make?', which are reason enough to dig this record out and give it another spin.