This Month's Vinyl Picks: August 2021
New albums from Lorde and CHVRCHES and reissues from The Knife and George Harrison are among this month's finest vinyl releases...
Lorde - Solar Power
New Zealand’s very own princess of pop returns with her third album this month, her first since 2017’s Melodrama, which once again sees her recruit Jack Antonoff on production duties and features 12 new songs including its recently-released title track, ‘Solar Power’.
Making its keenly-anticipated arrival in stores on August 20, Solar Power is set to be released in a ‘discless carbon positive format’ as well as two flavours of vinyl – a standard black version and a limited edition version pressed on clear vinyl available exclusively at hmv.
George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
There’s no denying that the post-Beatles solo careers of John Lennon and Paul McCartney often enjoyed a much higher profile than that of guitarist George Harrison, but on the evidence of his 1970 album All Things Must Pass you have to wonder why that’s the case. Featuring a cast of musicians that includes Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and Klaus Voorman, it still stands up against the best solo work of any of his former bandmates.
His third solo album and his first to be released in the wake of the Beatles split, All Things Must Pass was released as a triple album (Lennon once commented that he thought the album “was alright, it just went on too long”), the first two packed with songs written in the band’s final years, the third a disc of informal jam sessions named ‘Apple Jam’.
The album recently turned 50 and this month a newly-remastered version returns to stores on a variety of formats, including the original 3LP edition, a 5LP deluxe edition and a ‘super deluxe’ 8LP version, as well as a Blu-ray and CD box set. All will be available in stores from August 6.
CHVRCHES – Screen Violence
Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES have released a hat-trick of Top 10 albums in the UK so far and will be hoping to continue that run with the upcoming release of their fourth full-length offering Screen Violence, which is set to be unleashed later this month and includes their recent single ‘He Said, She Said’, as well as a collaboration with The Cure frontman Robert Smith.
Due to land in stores on August 27, their new LP is available on black vinyl or, if you fancy something different, there’s a limited edition on transparent red vinyl too.
The Knife – Deep Cuts
Swedish siblings Karin and Olof Dreijer continue to create incredible music under their Fever Ray and Oni Ayhun alises, respectively, the albums they created together as duo The Knife continue to hold a special place in the landscape of electronic music, and perhaps none more so than their breakthrough second album Deep Cuts, first released in 2003.
Along with two more of their albums – 2006’s Silent Shout and their 2010 album released Mt. Sims and Planningtorock, Tomorrow, in a Year – Deep Cuts returns to stores this month with a new reissue pressed onto stunning magenta vinyl.
Matt Berry – Witchazel
If you’ve yet to hear any of actor and comedian Matt Berry’s musical output on the Acid Jazz imprint founded by Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson, this month presents a great opportunity to pick up a couple of his earlier albums with two new limited edition reissues heading to stores on August 20.
Both Kill the Wolf and Witchazel are set to return on wax this month, with the former on ‘bottle green’ vinyl and the latter, which also celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, on caramel vinyl.
Kurupt FM – The Greatest Hits (Part 1)
Another joy-filled selection of garage from the UK’s favourite pirate radio station crew, the Kurupt FM boys return with another helping of the finest tunes and a generous portion of comedy gold on the side.
Set to arrive on vinyl in stores on August 20, Kurupt FM – The Greatest Hits (Part 1) includes their recent collaboration with UK garage legend Craig David and lands alongside a new film adaptation of their series People Just Do Nothing that sees MC Grindah, DJ Beats, Steves and Chabuddy G making their big screen debuts.
Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection from the Arab World (Part 2)
Our final pick this month is from way out of left field, but if you’ve enjoyed the weird and wonderful Habibi Funk: Part 1 compilation then you’ll be even more delighted with its follow-up, which arrives in stores this month.
Whether you’re looking for a goldmine of rare funky samples or exploring the strange scene of Middle Eastern funk, synth-pop and all manner of other strange and wonderful oddities, this second instalment is well worth investigating when it drops into stores on August 6.