This Month's Vinyl Picks: June 2021
Noel Gallagher releases his first solo Greatest Hits compilation, The Avalanches celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album and Wolf Alice join our exclusive 1921 Series...
Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
Four years on from the release of their Mercury Prize-winning second album Visions of a Life, alt-rock quartet Wolf Alice return this month with their third full-length offering, the hotly-anticipated Blue Weekend, which makes its arrival in stores on June 4. Triple Grammy-winner Markus Dravs, best known for his work with the likes of Arcade Fire and Coldplay, has been recruited as producer on the new album, which features 11 new tracks including their recent single ‘Smile’.
In addition to the standard black vinyl option, Blue Weekend is also the newest addition to our exclusive 1921 Series this month, with a limited edition version pressed onto transparent yellow vinyl available only at hmv.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Back The Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011 - 2021)
Sour Mash Records
Has it really been a decade since Noel Gallagher debuted his first post-Oasis solo album under his High Flying Birds banner? Apparently so, and don’t think the man himself is ready to let that milestone slip by unnoticed. To mark the 10-year anniversary of the eponymous Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, a new compilation album featuring his finest solo work to date is set to land on the shelves in stores on June 11.
Available as a standard 2LP on black vinyl featuring 18 of his best solo tracks from his first trio of albums, there’s also a deluxe box set containing 4 LPs, 3 CDs and a 7” of ‘She Taught Me How to Fly’. On top of all that, if you pre-order the album on any format you could be in with the chance to win a copy the album artwork signed by Noel himself!*
*(See full Terms & Conditions here).
Squarepusher – Feed Me Weird Things
Once described as “the kind of music Miles Davis might have made if he had been wired into breakbeats, Aphex Twin and Ninja Tune’, the debut album from Tom Jenkinson under his Squarepusher alias arrived in 1995 and set the stage for a 25-yeays-and-counting career of genre-bending, envelope-pushing aural madness.
His debut combines everything from jungle to jazz in thrilling and often dizzying fashion, and you’ll get the chance to enjoy the ride all over again this month when a new vinyl reissue of Feed Me Weird Things makes its heroic return to stores on June 4, featuring teh original tracklist across two LPs and a bonus 10" disc.
Joni Mitchell – The Reprise Albums
June this year the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell, a landmark album from a virtually peerless songwriting talent that still sounds every bit as raw, powerful and relevant half a century after its initial release. Blue is one of several albums from Mitchell’s late 60s stint on Rise Records to feature in a new 4LP box set set to arrive in stores on June 25.
Pressed onto 180g black vinyl and limited to 10,000 copies, The Reprise Albums also includes the three albums that preceded Blue’s 1971 release; 1968’s Song to a Seagull, 1969’s Clouds and her 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon.
The Avalanches – Since I Left You
It’s a testament to the perfectionism of Australian collective The Avalanches that it took them 16 years to create a worthy follow-up to their acclaimed debut album Since I Left You, but two decades on from its release it remains a remarkable piece of work and, along with DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing, was one of the era’s defining albums in terms of pushing the boundaries of sampling into new and exciting realms.
Their debut album recently reached its 20th birthday and to mark the occasion a special 20th anniversary box set edition is set to make its way into stores on June 11. In addition to the original tracklist across two discs there are two further LPs packed with remixes from the likes of Prince Paul, Carl Craig and the late, great MF Doom.
The Roots – Do You Want More?!!!??!
The major label debut and breakthrough album from American hip-hop band The Roots introduced the world to the talents of ?uestlove, Black Thought and ‘the human beatbox’ Rahzel for the first time, taking the live band aesthetic of forebears such as Stetasonic and embarking on an expansion of those ideas that has seen them become one of the most well-known and well-respected groups of their generation.
Do You Want More?!!!??! returns to stores this month with a new 2LP box set edition of their 1995 album featuring the original tracklist and a bonus disc of remixes due to land in stores on June 25.
James – All The Colours of You
Manchester indie stalwarts James return in June with their sixteenth full-length offering, recorded during lockdown with Jacknife Lee producing the new LP from afar, All the Colours of You makes its arrival in stores on June 4 and features 11 new tracks from Tim Booth & co., including recent singles ‘Isabella’ and ‘Beautiful Beaches’.
Alongside the standard vinyl release is a limited edition version pressed onto half & half coloured vinyl, and all formats include a free postcard (while stocks last).