This Month's Vinyl Picks: August 2019
Blur, Sleater-Kinney and Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno are amongst the best new vinyl releases coming to stores in August...
Blur - Live at the BBC
If you're old enough to remember the days of Britpop then you might be mildly shocked to learn that one of the most important albums of the era – namely Blur's Parklife – turns 25 this year. To celebrate the occasion, the band are set to release a new 4-track vinyl EP featuring songs recorded for a Mark Radcliffe Radio 1 session on the eve of Parklife's release in 1994.
Featuring previously unreleased live versions of Parklife tracks 'Girls & Boys', Jubilee', 'Trouble in the Message Centre' and 'Lot 105', the new EP is pressed onto 10" black vinyl and is set to land on the shelves in stores on August 2nd.
Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold
Mom + Pop
After their triumphant comeback with 2015's No Cities to Love, Sleater-Kinney's first new album in a decade, the Portland-based trio return in August with its follow-up. Produced by Annie Clark, better known to most by her stage name St. Vincent, The Center Won't Hold arrives in stores on August 16th and, sadly, will be their last album with drummer Janet Weiss, who announced at the beginning of July that she is departing the band.
There are two vinyl options for the new album – a standard version and a deluxe edition which comes with a bonus 7” single of the album's lead single 'Hurry On Home'.
Ride - This Is Not A Safe Place
Sleater-Kinney aren't the only band reprising their 90s heyday in recent years and 2017 saw the release of the first new album in more than 20 years from Oxford shoegaze four-piece Ride. Their comeback album Weather Diaries saw them team up with producer Erol Alkan, who has also been retained for its follow-up.
This Is Not A Safe Place makes its arrival in stores on all formats on August 16, including two vinyl options. Both are 2LP sets, with the standard version pressed onto black vinyl and a limited edition green vinyl edition completing the line-up.
The S.L.P. - The S.L.P.
After six albums, Kasabian have quite reasonably decided they would like a little time off before embarking on their next full-length offering – everyone that is except for guitarist and chief songwriter Serge Pizzorno, who clearly hasn't been content to just let his creative juices stagnate. While frontman Tom Meighan is reportedly making the most of Kasabian's downtime by growing vegetables, Serge has taken the opportunity to do a little experimenting in the studio and he is set to deliver his first solo album this month.
Released under the name The S.L.P. (the initials of his full name – Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno), Serge's solo debut arrives in stores on August. Featuring 11 new tracks which find Serge at his most experimental, the album arrives in stores on August 30th, including an LP pressed onto either white vinyl or a limited edition transparent vinyl.
Frank Turner – No Man's Land
Singer-songwriter and all-round human powerhouse Frank Turner is known to be one of the industry's hardest workers, with an inexhaustible appetite for touring that has seen him take the stage more than 1,000 times since separating from his former band Million Dead. He's always been a no-nonsense kind of songwriter, so his latest album is a slightly surprising one in the sense that it sees him dispense with a promise he once made never to make a concept album.
Which is exactly what No Man's Land is. The wryly-named album is both a tribute to various under-appreciated women from history – including Turner's own mum – and an album performed and recorded exclusively by women, with Turner recruiting an all-female backing band for his new venture. The album is due to arrive in stores on all formats on August 16th, including a standard black version and a limited edition pressed onto white vinyl. You can also hear Frank discussing the album on our new podcast, in the episode due to be released on August 10th.
Kano – Hoodies All Summer
Kano has worked harder than most artists you could name to arrive at mainstream success, but his place at the heart of London's thriving musical culture was cemented with the release of his previous album Made in the Manor, winning Best Album at the MOBO Awards and making the shortlist for the 2016 Mercury Music Prize.
Its follow-up has been eagerly anticipated by those in the know and Hoodies All Summer, the rapper's sixth full-length effort, is finally upon us this month. The new album includes recent singles 'Trouble' and 'Class of Deja', and is set to arrive in stores on all formats, including a black vinyl LP, on August 30th.
Avicii – TIM
Virgin EMI Records
The final, posthumous album from dance music legend Avicii following his tragic death in 2018, TIM first made its arrival in June this year, but hasn't been available on vinyl up until now, so the new vinyl LP of Avicii's third and final album due to arrive in August feels like a fitting tribute to one of the world's most beloved DJs.
The long-awaited vinyl edition of TIM is due to land on the shelves in-store on August 9th and is a standard black vinyl affair, the net proceeds of which will go to the Tim Bergling Foundation, created by the DJs family in the wake of his death to help combat mental health issues and assist with suicide prevention.
Feeder - Tallulah
The last time we heard from Indie survivors Feeder was in 2017, when the band released a Best Of collection summing up all of their finest moments from their nine previous studio albums, as well as a new collection of songs released alongside it under the title Arrow.
The band's core duo Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose return this month with their tenth full-length offering Tallulah, named by Nicholas after the daughter of a friend, which contains 12 new songs including the recent singles 'Daily Habit' and 'Fear of Flying'. The album arrives in stores on August 9th and is available as a standard black vinyl and a limited edition picture disc featuring the album's striking artwork. You can also hear Grant Nicholas discussing the new album on Episode 5 of our new podcast, which is set to be released on August 6th.
Elvis Presley – Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada: August 26, 1969
Sony Music CMG
“The King” needs no introduction whatsoever from us, so we'll just say that Elvis fans are in for a treat this month with the releases of a new live album recorded at one of his most legendary live performances, at the International Hotel on Las Vegas on August 23rd 1969.
To celebrate the show's 50th anniversary, Sony are set to release a new 2LP set this month featuring the Las Vegas live performance in full. Pressed onto black vinyl, the new live LP is set to arrive in stores on August 9th.