This Month's Vinyl Picks: July 2019
Thom Yorke, David Bowie and New Order are amongst the best new vinyl releases coming in July 2019...
Thom Yorke - Anima
After his work last year on the score for Luca Guadagnino's haunting remake of Dario Argento's warped horror Suspiria,Thom Yorke returned in June with his third solo LP Anima, which contains 10 brand new tracks from the Radiohead frontman and came accompanied with a short film by none other than Paul Thomas Anderson.
The film and its music made their debut in Imax cinemas before being made available on Netflix, but while the album on its own has been available to download since June 27th the physical formats have been a little slower to arrive. That all changes this month however, with CD and LP versions of the album arriving in stores on July 19, including a vinyl edition in the form of a 2LP set pressed onto heavyweight black vinyl.
New Order + Liam Gillick: (No,12k,Lg,17Mif) So It Goes...
As one of the key events at 2017's Manchester International Festival, New Order teamed up with conceptual artist Liam Gillick for a visually spectacular live show, given the somewhat unpronounceable name of (No,12k,Lg,17Mif) – but you can call it So It Goes for short.
Two years on, there's good news for any New Order fans who were unable to attend, with a new live album featuring the band's performance headed into stores this month. The new live album is available on CD and vinyl from July, the latter in the form of a 3LP set featuring 18 tracks from the Manchester show.
The Specials: Encore
The two-tone pioneers returned earlier this year with their first album of new music in more than two decades, and their first with original lead vocalist Terry Hall since 1980. For those who didn't manage to grab themselves a copy of new LP Encore when it arrived in February there's good news coming in July, with a new, limited edition version of the album arriving in stores this month.
A new deluxe edition of Encore is set to arrive in stores on July 19th and features a 2LP set pressed onto red vinyl, with a second disc that includes live performances from their recent tours, including live versions of hits such as 'Too Much Too Young', 'Gangsters' and their Number One single 'Ghost Town'.
Biffy Clyro: Balance, Not Symmetry
Warner Bros Records
After the release of their seventh studio album in 2016 and the extensive touring that followed, Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro turned their attention away from the usual arena-filling fare and tried their collective hand at something different, working with prolific filmmaker Jamie Adams on a set of songs for the soundtrack of his latest film, Balance, Not Symmetry.
The film has enjoyed a limited run in cinemas, but for those unable to catch a screening, or who just want to hear the new songs on their own right, an LP featuring the band's work on Adams' film is headed into stores this month, with a vinyl edition of the soundtrack set to land in stores on July 26th.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Bandana
After the success of their 2014 collaboration album Pinata, rapper Freddie Gibbs and legendary hip-hop producer Madlib have teamed up once again for a second LP Bandana, which is set to make its arrival in stores this month. The new album contains 15 new tracks create dby the pair, with a list of guest appearances that includes Pusha T, Killer Mike, Anderson.Paak, Black Thought and Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def).
Bandana is set to drop on all formats on July 26th, including a 2LP vinyl edition pressed onto black wax.
Brian Eno: Apollo – Atmospheres and Soundtracks
First released in 1983, the music featured on Brian Eno's ninth solo album was originally composed for a documentary called Apollo - later renamed For All Mankind - by filmmaker Al Reinart, but was subsequently released as a standalone LP when the film was re-edited to reach a wider audience. Several of the album's tracks have since featured in a variety of other feature films, including 28 Days Later and Trainspotting.
Written and produced alongside Eno's brother Roger and Daniel Lanois, an expanded version of the album is coming to vinyl this month, with a 2LP set pressed on black vinyl due to make its arrival in stores on July 19th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. The expanded edition contains a second disc with 11 new compositions, again written by Lanois and the Eno brothers.
David Bowie: Space Oddity 50th Anniversary EP
From one 50th anniversary to another, 2019 also marks 50 years since the release of David Bowie's breakthrough hit 'Space Oddity', which first hit the charts in 1969. To celebrate the anniversary, Bowie's longtime producer and collaborator Tony Visconti has applied his considerable skills to creating new mixes for Bowie's hit, as well as its B-side 'Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud’.
The 50th anniversary edition comes as a box set containing two 7” singles - one with the original mixes, the other with Visconti's new 2019 mixes. The box set also a print of an advertisement for the single and a double-sided poster, featuring a Ray Stevenson shot of Bowie performing at the London Palladium on one side, and a Jojanneke Claassen promo shot on the other. The box set is due to land in stores on July 12th. (Please note this release will be available in-store only).