January 6, 2021

This Month's Vinyl Picks: January 2021
by James
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by James Forryan

hmv London; 06/01/2021

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This Month's Vinyl Picks: January 2021

A new Sleaford Mods LP, a PJ Harvey classic and a 10th anniversary box set from The Black Keys are amongst the best new vinyl releases up for grabs in January...

Spare Ribs

Sleaford Mods - Spare Ribs

Rough Trade

Returning with their eleventh studio album and the follow-up to 2019’s excellent effort Eton Alive, Sleaford Mods unleash their new full-length offering Spare Ribs this month, with their new LP set to land in stores on January 15th.

Featuring their recent singles ‘Mork ‘n’ Mindy’ and ‘Shortcummings’, the album is also their first to feature guest appearances, with Billy Nomates and Amyl and the Sniffers vocalist Amy Taylor both adding their talents into the mix. The vinyl edition of Spare Ribs is a standard black wax job, nothing fancy, but well worth adding to your collection - this might well be their most accomplished record to date.

Isles

Bicep - Isles

Ninja Tune

After breaking into the UK Album Chart’s top 20 with their self-titled debut in 2017, Belfast-born electronic duo Bicep are back to kick off the new year with its hotly-anticipated follow-up Isles, which features the pair’s recent releases ‘Apricots’, ‘Saku’ and ‘Atlas’.

Set to arrive on all formats on January 22, there are no fewer than three vinyl formats to choose from. In addition to a standard black vinyl, there’s also a limited edition picture disc and a 3LP limited edition pressed onto transparent, neon orange vinyl. Not only that, if you order yours quickly you’ll also receive free signed print, which is available with all three vinyl formats while stocks last.

Brothers - Deluxe Remastered 10th Anniversary Edition Box Set with 9 x 7"

The Black Keys - Brothers 10th Anniversary 7" Box Set

Nonesuch

American rock duo The Black Keys had already released four albums in relative obscurity until they finally began making some critical and commercial headway after teaming with producer Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton on their fifth full-length effort Attack & Release. It was however its 2010 follow-up Brothers which saw the band achieve platinum status for the first time (twice over, in fact) and catapulted to No. 3 on the American Billboard chart.

Their breakthrough LP recently turned the grand old age of 10 and, to mark its birthday, a newly-remastered anniversary reissue of Brothers made its arrival on New Year’s Day in the form of a 7” box set which sees the album’s 15-song tracklist, as well as three bonus tracks, spread over nine 7” discs.

Is This Desire?

PJ Harvey – Is This Desire?

Island Records

One of January’s most keenly-awaited reissues, PJ Harvey’s fourth album, first released in 1998 and featuring her biggest UK hit to date in ‘A Perfect Day Elise, makes a return to stores this month with a new, remastered edition of Is This Desire? set to arrive on vinyl only on January 29.

Alongside the album reissue itself, there’s also an accompanying demos album featuring previously unreleased versions of the album’s songs, which arrives the same day and is available on both CD and vinyl.

Cosmic Dancer / That's Entertainment

David Bowie & Morrissey - 'Cosmic Dancer' / 'That's Entertainment'

Rhino

One of this month’s more unusual releases, this previously unreleased duet between David Bowie and Morrissey was recorded live at the Inglewood Forum in Los Angeles in 1991 and sees the pair performing a cover of T. Rex classic ‘Cosmic Dancer’.

Due to be released for the first time as a 7” single on January 22, the flip side also includes a Morrissey cover of The Jam’s 1980 hit ‘That’s Entertainment’. If nothing else, it’s a chance to get your hands on some rare material for Bowie and Moz fans alike

Collapsed in Sunbeams

Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams

Transgressive

Emerging rapidly throughout 2018/19 with a couple of well-received Eps and a series of eye-catching live performances, including Brighton’s Great Escape Festival and the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, London-born singer-songwriter Arlo Parks has spent much of the time since crafting her debut album, which finally makes its grand entrance this month.

Collapsed in Sunbeams sees the hotly-tipped Parks deliver her first full-length offering and the album is due to arrive on all formats, including a limited edition version pressed on red vinyl.

The Future Bites

Steven Wilson - The Future Bites

Caroline International

Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson returns to delight his dedicated army of admirers this month with his sixth studio album under his own name. Featuring nine new tracks, The Future Bites arrives in stores on January 29 serves as a follow-up to 2017’s full-length effort To the Bone.

In addition to both CD and Blu-ray editions of the new album, there are also three vinyl flavours on offer – black, white and red. Take your pick, Wilson fans…