This Month's Vinyl Picks: May 2019
Vampire Weekend, Crass and David Bowie are among the best vinyl releases coming your way in the month of May...
Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
Vampire Weekend return this month with their fourth full-length offering Father of the Bride – their first in six years, and the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's Modern Vampires of the City. After the departure of band member and erstwhile producer Rostam Batmanglij, the new album is co-produced by frontman Ezra Koenig and Modern Vampires collaborator Ariel Rechtshaid, and includes the singles 'Harmony Hall' and '2021'.
The album makes its way into stores on all formats on May 3rd, including a limited edition version pressed onto orange vinyl – be quick, though, it's limited to 1500 copies so you'll want to grab a copy from your local hmv nice and early, or pre-order yours in-store.
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
Virgin EMI Records
After a Critic's Choice nomination at this year's BRITs and an appearance on the BBC's Sound of 2018 shortlist, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi finally unleashes his debut album this month and has set the scene nicely with the album's chart-topping first single 'Some You Loved'.
Capaldi's debut LP features production contributions from Rooster's Nick Atkinson, songwriting/production team TMS, David Sneddon and Grammy-winning producer Malay. The album arrives on all formats on May 17th including a limited edition version on red vinyl that's exclusive to high street record stores – you can grab yours or pre-order from your local hmv.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – End of Suffering
International Death Cult
After two albums with his band The Rattlesnakes, former Gallows and Pure Love frontman Frank Carter delivers a third LP this month which finds him in fine voice and is packed with all the snarling menace and rock flamboyance you'd expect.
End of Suffering was recorded with Cam Blackwood and Alan Moulder during the summer heatwave of last year and includes new single 'Crowbar', as well as an appearance from former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello on the album's second track 'Tyrant Lizard King'. The vinyl edition arrives in stores along with all other formats on May 3rd.
Various Artists - Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller Present: Soul On The Corner
Acid Jazz Records
After the success of last year's Jazz on the Corner, which saw Sherlock star Martin Freeman team up with Acid Jazz co-founder Eddie Piller to curate a 22-track compilation of jazz gems old and new, the pair have hooked up once again, this time with soul in their sights.
Soul on the Corner presents a selection of deep cuts and rarities curated by Freeman and Piller, including tracks by the likes of Donny Hathaway, The Supremes, Leroy Hutson, Honey Cone, Hot Chocolate and Curtis Mayfield, to name just a handful. Every bit as lovingly curated as its predecessor, the new compilation is available on vinyl in hmv stores from May 3rd.
Crass – The Feeding of the 5000
Anarcho-punk outfit and art collective Crass burned briefly but brightly during a career marked by activism and the kind of pranks that saw copies of their third album, Penis Envy, seized from record shops by police in Manchester – and even banned from hmv stores, no less. While they were never the most commercially-minded of bands, Crass did embark on a reissue programme of their albums in 2010 – dubbed 'The Crassical Collection ' - but even then the reissues focussed mainly on the CD format, and vinyl editions of their work has remained difficult to get your hands on.
However, this month Crass become somewhat unlikely additions to the vinyl reissue bandwagon and are set to re-release their first two albums LPs this month, as well as their 'Best Of' compilation Best Before 1984. The rest of their catalogue will be reissued in June, but the first match arrives on May 17th and perhaps the best of the bunch is band's second album The Feeding of the 5000, if only for the inclusion of its rip-roaring opener 'Do They Owe Us a Living?' (the answer, in case you wondering: “Of course they f***ing do!”).
David Bowie – Clareville Grove Demos
The mining of David Bowie's extensive catalogue of recordings continues apace this month with a new box set featuring demos from Bowie's early days, most of which are previously unreleased. The recordings were made in the period following the split of his former trio, Feathers, and before the release of his eponymous debut album. Recorded at Bowie's Clarevile Grove home in London with former Feathers bandmate John “Hutch” Hutchinson, and include an early version of Bowie's breakthrough hit 'Space Oddity', as well as other early works such as 'Cygnet Committee' and 'An Occasional Dream'.
The demos are recorded and presented in mono on a series of 45 rpm 7” records, all housed in a new box set which is set to make its arrival in stores on May 17th.