This Month's Vinyl Picks: January 2022
Bonobo returns, Saint Etienne celebrate an anniversary and Yard Act deliver their hotly-tipped debut - all this and more on vinyl in January...
Bonobo - Fragments
Back in January with his first new album since 2017’s Migration, which saw him break into the UK Album Chart’s Top 5 for the first time, Bonobo returns with his seventh full-length offering Fragments, which is due to land in stores on January 15.
Featuring collaborations with Jamila Woods, Jordan Rakei and Joji, among several others, Fragments offers several vinyl option with a standard black version, a limited deluxe edition on clear vinyl and an exclusive gold vinyl edition available only at hmv.
Yard Act – The Overload
The debut album from the promising Leeds-based outfit Yard Act arrives on January 21 and comes hotly anticipated after scoring early hits like ‘Fixer Upper’, earning comparisons to everyone from Pulp to The Streets.
Produced by , The Overload looks set to be one of several exciting debuts on the way early in 2022, and even though there’s just a standard black vinyl on offer its still one you’ll want to add to your collection if wiry post-punk is your thing – and if you’re quick the first run contains a limited edition signed poster.
Eels - Extreme Witchcraft
Mark Oliver Everett – better known simply as E – has sustained a long and successful career as the chief creative force behind Eels, delivering 13 studio albums since their 1996 debut Beautiful Freak. Their latest offering, Extreme Witchcraft, sees Everett team up with producer John Parish for the first time since 2001's Souljacker, with their 14th studio album set to land in stores at the end of the month.
Available as a standard edition on yellow vinyl and as a deluxe double LP + CD set on translucent pink vinyl, Extreme Witchcraft makes its arrival in our stores on January 28.
Primal Scream – Live at Levitation
A live set recorded at the Levitation festival in Austin, Texas, Primal Scream rip through a setlist of fan favourites including ‘Jailbird’, ‘Higher Than the Sun’, Loaded’ and ‘Movin’ On Up’, among many others.
Set to be released on January 7, the vinyl edition is pressed onto stunning orange and yellow splatter vinyl – an eye-catching addition to the vinyl rack of any Primal Scream fan.
Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha 30th Anniversary
Few tracks could be said to define the sound of early 1990s pop more precisely than Saint Etienne’s hit ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’, a dreamy dance-pop take on a Neil Young classic that remains one of the band's biggest hits.
The debut album that produced it, Foxbase Alpha, celebrates its 30th Anniversary this month with a new limited edition reissue pressed onto green vinyl. Containing the album's orginal 13 tracks, including the two other singles 'Kiss and Make Up' and Nothing Can Stop Us', the 30th Anniversay Edition of Saint Etienn's debut is due to land in stores on January 21.
David Bowie – TOY:BOX
Originally recorded in New York City from July to October 2000, David Bowie’s original idea for the album Toy had been to write, record and release and album very quickly – an early forerunner to the ‘surprise album’, you might say – however things didn’t quite work out as intended. Intended for release in March 2001, the album was subsequently shelved by Virgin/EMI, prompting Bowie’s move to Columbia, and remained that way until last year, when Toy finally received a posthumous release.
January 7th sees the arrival of a deluxe edition of the album titled TOY:BOX on vinyl, with an impressive box set featuring six 10” discs that include the original tracklist and heaps of alternate takes and several more unreleased tracks too.