This Month's Vinyl Picks: January 2018
Django Django, First Aid Kit and the soundtrack to Stranger Things 2 are amongst the best vinyl releases coming your way in January...
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things 2 OST
Amongst the many exciting things about the return of Stranger Things in 2017 was that the second season came with another helping of Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon's beautifully composed score for the series. Just like the first volume, the soundtrack for Stranger Things 2 is powered by the pair's impressive array of vintage synths, creating a lush and atmospheric soundscape that perfectly conjures the sound of the show's 1980s setting. Released on CD in November, the soundtrack from the second season comes to vinyl in January and is available on standard black vinyl or a limited edition splatter vinyl, both of which arrive in stores on January 19th.
First Aid Kit – Ruins
Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg return this month with their fourth full-length offering, Ruins, recorded in Portland, Oregon and produced by Tucker Martine, whose previous credits include the likes of My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens. The new album features guest appearances from former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, Wilco's Glenn Kotche and Midlake's McKenzie Smith, and includes the singles 'It's a Shame', 'Postcard' and 'Fireworks'. The album is set to arrive on all formats on January 19th, including two vinyl versions – a standard black 12” and a limited edition version on red vinyl.
Django Django – Marble Skies
Art rock types Django Django follow up their 2015 sophomore album Born Under Saturn with their third album this month. Marble Skies features 10 new tracks including the already-released singles 'In Your Beat' and 'Tic Tac Toe', the latter of which arrived in October along with a video directed by drummer/producer David MacLean's brother John, who you might know either from his time in The Beta Band or for his work in the director's chair on Slow West. The vinyl edition includes both a 12” and CD of the album, which is due to land on the shelves along with the CD version on January 26th.
Kate Tempest – Brand New Ancients
The multi-talented playwright, rapper and spoken word artist Kate Tempest has delivered two outstanding albums so far with 2014's Everybody Down and its 2016 follow-up Let Them Eat Chaos, but if you've yet to catch her work on the stage then you might want to check out her new release arriving this month. Brand New Ancients is the studio production of her acclaimed play of the same name, offering another glimpse into Tempest's unique talents to those who have as yet been unable to witness her work in the theatre. A vinyl edition arrives in stores on January 12th in the form of a 2LP set pressed on black vinyl.
George Martin - The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin
George Martin will forever be remembered for his pioneering work as The Beatles' producer, but his role as the 'fifth Beatle' often overshadows an extensive body of work that included various original cast recordings for West End shows, recording with the likes of Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers, and his work as a composer on a number films, including the score for 1973 Bond film Live and Let Die. In November last year a new compilation featuring the best of his work as a composer was released and this month sees the collection arrive on vinyl for the first time. The album features a whopping 29 tracks on a 2LP set and includes excerpts from Martin's film scores and other compositions performed by the Berlin Music Ensemble. The album arrives in stores on January 19th.
Tonight Alive – Underworld
Australian rockers Tonight Alive deliver their fourth album this month with Underworld, their first on new label UNFD / Hopeless Records, and the last to feature guitarist Whakaio Taahi, who departed following the album's completion to focus on his career as a songwriter. The new album includes their recent single 'Temple' and is set to arrive on January 12th, including a standard black vinyl and a limited edition version pressed onto white and gold vinyl which is exclusively available at hmv.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell (Reissue)
Somehow it doesn't feel anything like a decade and a half since Karen O and co. released their stellar debut album, but this year marks the 15th anniversary of Fever To Tell, which first arrived in 2003 and gets a reissue on vinyl later this month. The band recently performed their first live show in four years with a barnstorming set at the Sound on Sound festival in Austin, Texas in November, and are set to appear alongside the likes of Jack White and Eminem at this year's Governor's Ball, prompting rumours that the band are gearing up to release new material. However, there's been no word on a new album as yet, but in the meantime you can tide yourself over with their reissued debut when it arrives in stores on January 12th.
Fugees – The Score (Reissue)
Our final pick in a relatively quiet month for vinyl releases is another reissue, this time in the form of the Fugees second and final album The Score. First released in 1996, the album transformed Fugees from hip-hop outsiders into bona fide chart-toppers on both sides of the Atlantic and made a star of Lauryn Hill thanks to her considerable talent as both a rapper and a singer. Featuring hits like 'Killing Me Softly' and 'Ready or Not', the album will be released as a double gatefold LP on 180g black vinyl on January 5th, marking the first time the album has been given a proper, general sale release on vinyl since it first emerged in the late 90s.