This Month's Vinyl Picks: September 2021
New albums from Iron Maiden and Little Simz, plus a couple of bumper anniversary reissues from Metallica and Primal Scream - all this and more coming to our vinyl racks in September...
Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden were reportedly so paranoid about the contents of their 17th studio album leaking online that the master tapes for Senjutsu, the band’s first album since 2015’s The Book of Souls, were stashed in a vault for the best part of two years. Fortunately, release day is almost upon us without any leaks and Iron Maiden’s brand new album makes its way into stores this month.
Set to arrive on September 3rd, Senjutsu features 10 new songs including recent single ‘The Writing on the Wall’ and is available in several formats including a 3LP black vinyl version and a limited edition 3LP set pressed onto stunning red & black marble vinyl.
Various Artists - The Dark Knight OST
There’s no shortage of film soundtracks heading to vinyl in September, that’s for sure, with a range of limited edition coloured vinyl pressings of Goodfellas, Death Proof, The Sound of Music and more all arriving this month, but the score for Christopher Nolan’s Batman reboot The Dark Knight has to be one of the most eye-catching.
Composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, the score makes a return to our stores on September 17 in the form of a limited edition 2LP set pressed onto green and purple splatter vinyl.
Little Simz: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Returning this month with the follow-up to her excellent 2019 album Grey Area, Little Simz is set to deliver her new full-length offering Sometimes I Might Be Introvert on September 3, which sees the London-born rapper reunite with producer Inflo (Michael Kiwanuka, Sault) to deliver 19 new tracks, including recent singles ‘Introvert’, ‘Woman’ and ‘I Love You, I Hate You’.
As well as a standard CD format and a hmv exclusive CD with alternative artwork, there’s also a 2LP option pressed onto milky clear vinyl.
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
Sony Music CMG
Primal Scream’s seminal 1991 masterpiece Sceamadelica celebrates its 30th birthday this year and they certainly haven’t let the anniversary slip by unnoticed, recently unveiling a new guitar in collaboration with Fender emblazoned with Paul Cannel’s iconic cover artwork. The album itself is getting a big anniversary reissue too this month, with two new vinyl offerings heading to stores this month.
September 17 will see the release of not only a limited edition picture disc version of the album, but also a huge 12” box set featuring 10 discs packed with 12” remixes of the album’s tracks by the likes of Terry Farley, Graham Massey and The Orb’s Alex Patterson, as well as a couple of extended mixes by the album’s producer, the late, great Andy Weatherall.
The Lathums – How Beautiful Life Can Be
Wigan indie quartet The Lathums have been hotly tipped as they’ve emerged onto the scene over the last couple of years, finding themselves as one of 10 acts featured on the BBC’s Sound of 2021 list earlier this year. Now the band are ready to release their debut album, How Beautiful Life Can Be, which makes its way into stores this month.
Due to arrive on September 24, the album has been produced by The Coral’s James Skelly and Chris Taylor and features 12 tracks all recorded at the pair’s Parr Street studios in Liverpool. In addition to the standard black vinyl there’s also a limited edition version pressed onto transparent vinyl that’s exclusively available at hmv.
Manic Street Preachers – The Ultra Vivid Lament
The Welsh trio are back again this month with their 14th full-length offering The Ultra Vivid Lament, which sees Nicky Wire, James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore deliver their first album since 2018’s Resistance Is Futile. Featuring 11 new songs including the recently-released ‘Orwellian’, the new album also includes contributions from Mark Lannegan and Sunflower Bean frontwoman Julia Cumming.
Their new album heads into stores on September 10 and in addition to the standard vinyl option there’s also a limited edition version with alternative cover artwork which is available exclusively at hmv.
Pharaoh Sanders / Floating Points / London Symphony Orchestra – Promises
The London Symphony Orchestra was once famously conducted by Sir Edward Elgar, the man who opened the doors to hmv’s first store on London’s Oxford Street in 1921, but the orchestra itself has been around even longer, playing its first concert in 1904. Still going strong after more than a century (albeit with a few personnel changes, naturally), they reappear once again this month on a new album created by American jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and Manchester-born DJ and producer Floating Points.
A constantly-evolving and hugely evocative symphony that spans nine tracks and a runtime of around 45 minutes, Promises is well worth investigating for fans of either contributor, or of jazz in general. First released digitally and on CD edition March this year, the vinyl version finally makes its arrival in stores on September 3.
The Wildhearts - 21st Century Love Songs
After a 10-year absence, Newcastle rock heroes The Wildhearts returned in 2019 with comeback album Renaissance Men, which saw the band returning to something approaching their “classic” line-up (if such an ever-shifting cast of musicians could ever be defined as such) and featured a revitalised sound that earned the band some of their best reviews since their 90s peak.
Now Ginger and co. are ready to return to the fray once more with their new LP 21st Century Love Songs, which features 10 new tracks and arrives in stores on September 3. A purple vinyl edition was snapped up and sold out on pre-order, but there’s still a standard black vinyl version on offer and, if you’re quick, you can still grab yourself one of the limited edition signed copies too.
Metallica: The Black Album
Virgin EMI Records
Considered by many as both one of the defining albums of the Metal genre and one of the finest albums of the 1990s overall, Metallica’s 1991 masterpiece The Black Album celebrates its 30th anniversary this month with a bumper reissue across several formats on September 10, all of which feature a newly-remastered version of the album presided over by legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig.
Alongside the available CD formats there’s also a 2LP edition of the remastered album on 180g black vinyl. if you’re a hardcore Metallica fan, though, you might want to splash out on the spectacular box set edition, which features both vinyl and CD versions alongside three live LPs, 14 CDs and six DVDs featuring all manner of previously unreleased content, as well as an assortment of other goodies from guitar picks to replica backstage passes.