This Month's Vinyl Picks: April 2022
Classics from The Streets, Daft Punk and Marvin Gaye all celebrate anniversaries an April with some bumpoer vinyl editions - all this and more coming to wax this month...
The Streets - Original Pirate Material (20th Anniversary Edition)
Mike Skinner emerged out of almost nowhere in 2002 with The Streets debut album Original Pirate Material, adding a distinctly English take on hip-hop and other urban styles that immediately felt fresh and exciting.
The album marked its 20th anniversary in March and to celebrate the occasion a special anniversary edition of Original Pirate Material pressed on translucent yellow vinyl and featuring the original tracklist across 2 LPs. The new anniversary edition is available in hmv stores from April 22.
Daft Punk - Homework
Daft Life Ltd.
An instant classic and the first of many game-changing moments from French electronic duo Daft Punk, there’s little to say about their debut album Homework that hasn’t already been said many times, but with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel Homem de Cristo officially calling it a day after their fourth and final LP Random Access Memories heir back catalogue is always worth revisiting and their debut remains one of their most vital records.
Featuring belters such as ‘Da Funk’ and ‘Around the World’, the album returns to vinyl this month and a fresh pressing on 180g black vinyl can be yours when it arrives in our stores this month.
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush: Deluxe Edition
The most recent release from Kevin Parker’s musical laboratory gets an update this week with a new, expanded ‘super deluxe’ edition of Tame Impala’s fourth album The Slow Rush set to arrive on vinyl this month, adding two extra 12” discs of remixes from the likes of Four Tet and Lil Yachty, as well as a bonus 7” featuring two of the album’s b-sides.
If that’s not enough to make Tame Impala fans reach for their wallets then there’s also a handful of extra goodies bundled too, including a deluxe booklet, life-off artwork box and a 2050 calendar, which you’ll get to use in only 28 years’ time. Until then you can enjoy the sounds pressed onto red and black vinyl when the new edition lands in stores on April 22.
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On 50th Anniversary
Another all-time classic which, in terms of its influence on the R&B and soul music that arrived in its wake during the 1970s, could thought of as the decade’s equivalent to Daft Punk’s Homework. A masterful, soul-drenched tapestry that is perhaps the closest to a ‘concept album’ the R&B genre had ever produced, What’s Going On? is arguably Marvin Gaye’s finest work and one which was cited by Motown labelmate Stevie Wonder as a big influence on his string of Grammy-winning albums released in the following years.
Passing the 50-year mark last year since its initial release in in 1971, a special anniversary edition of Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece returns to stores in April, with an expanded version of the album featuring additional mixes and alternate takes is available in stores from April 29 in the form of a 2LP set on heavyweight black vinyl.
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Yet another album celebrating an anniversary this year – a 10 year one in this case- and another French electronic wizard whose 2012 album Hurry Up We’re Dreaming remains a career highlight, not least because it features the ubiquitous hit ‘Midnight City’.
The anniversary edition of this chillwave classic arrives in stores on April 15 and comes as a 2LP set pressed on limited edition orange vinyl, adding a splash of visual colour to a sonically vivid album.