This Month's Vinyl Picks: October 2018
Primal Scream, Echo and the Bunnymen and an exclusive Doctor Who release are amongst the best new vinyl releases coming your way in October...
Primal Scream - Give Out But Don't Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings
Sony Music CMG
After pushing the boundaries on their psychedelic breakthrough album Screamadelica, Primal Scream confounded expectations with its 1994 follow-up Give Out But Don't Give Up by delivering an album heavily influenced by classic rock and blues, but while many fans of Bobby Gillespie's band will no doubt be familiar with hits such as 'Jailbird' and 'Rocks', what you may not know is that there is another version of the album that has never seen the light of day... until now.
The band originally went to Memphis in 1993 to record the album with producer Tom Dowd and the legendary Muscle Shoals rhythm section, but ended up deciding to rework and re-record the songs with George Drakulias, which is the version they released in 1994. The earlier versions have been gathering dust ever since but fans will finally get to listen this month when the original Memphis recordings hit the shelves on October 12th, including a 2LP vinyl edition.
You Me At Six - VI
After a five album journey that has seen the band fronted by Josh Francheschi go from pop-punk outsiders to chart-topping stadium fillers, You Me At Six return this month with their sixth full-length offering. Given the self-explanatory title VI, the new LP is the first the band have co-produced themselves, working alongside Bristol-based producer/engineer Dan Austin, whose previous credits include work for the likes of Doves, Biffy Clyro and Queens of the Stone Age.
The new album contains 10 brand new tracks, including lead-off single '3AM', and is available as both a standard black vinyl LP and a limited edition version featuring a glow-in-the-dark sleeve, the latter of which is exclusively available at hmv.
Various Performers - Doctor Who: Cold Vengeance
Those of you who were lucky enough to grab yourself some exclusive LPs during this year's hmv Vinyl Week might remember that one of the highlights was a newly-released Doctor Who audio adventure Infamy of the Zaross, which reunited the show's iconic duo David Tennant and Billie Piper for a brand new storyline.
Well, there more where that came from. Big Finish, the folks behind Infamy of the Zaross, are set to deliver another audio adventure starring Tennant's Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler on October 5th. Cold Vengeance sees the pair visit the frozen satellite Coldstar and their new adventure will be available exclusively at hmv in the form of this beautiful limited edition LP pressed onto 180g heavyweight green vinyl. This is another very limited run so be sure to pre-order your copy from our online store if you don't want to miss out!
Echo and the Bunnymen - The Stars, the Oceans & the Moon
BMG Rights Management
The band led by frontman Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant unleash their 13th studio album this month, their first since 2014's Meteorites. However, instead of an album of 'new' material The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon will contain 13 reworked and re-recorded songs from their back catalogue, including stripped-back versions of hits such as 'Seven Seas' and 'The Killing Moon'.
The album is set to arrive in stores on all formats on October 5th, including a standard black vinyl version and a limited edition luminous vinyl version, both of which are 2LP sets pressed onto heavyweight 180g wax.
Blood Orange – Negro Swan
If you haven't been keeping tabs on the exploits of Dev Hynes then you might have missed some of the excellent music he's been turning out under his Blood Orange guise. If that's the case then his fourth Blood Orange album Negro Swan is really a record that deserves your attention. Released on CD and as a download in August without a tremendous amount of fanfare, it wasn't long before even the most mainstrem critics were talking about his latest LP as something a bit special.
The vinyl release has been lagging behind the other formats but that's all set to change this month as Negro Swan finally makes its arrival on vinyl on October 5th.
Various Artists - Patina Echoes
The city of Bristol has long had a thriving and varied music scene and the Timedance label, founded and run by Bristol-based producer Batu, is just one of the many exciting developments to emerge from the city in recent years. Patina Echoes is a new compilation put together by several artists on Timedance's roster and serves as an impressive showcase for the talented indivduals signed to Batu's imprint.
Tracks by the likes of rRoxymore, Simo Cell and Neinzar are amongst the highlights on offer here, but the whole thing is proof of an underground scene that is alive and very much kicking. A worthy addition to the record collection of anyone with a penchant for inventive electronica.
Boy George and Culture Club – Life
The last time Culture Club released an album Tony Blair was still the UK's Prime Minister - the time before that it was Margaret Thatcher, which gives you some idea how rare a new Culture Club album really is. Boy George has of course released many records under his own name in the meantme, but this month will see the frontman team up with the rest of his old bandmates for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Life arrives in stores on all formats on October 26th and includes the new single 'Let Somebody Love You'. Alongside the standard and deluxe CD versions on offer there are also a couple of vinyl options, namely a standard version on black vinyl and a limited edition coloured vinyl version.
Matt Berry - Television Themes
Although he's probably best known to most for his baritone-voiced turns in TV shows such as Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and Toast of London, Matt Berry also happens to be a very capable musician and songwriter with eight albums to his name, most of them released on the Acid Jazz imprint founded by Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson. His latest album however is something a little different to his usual output.
For Berry's ninth full-length offering he's delivered a collection of cover versions reinterpreting some classic theme tunes from a variety of television shows. There are some really interesting choices here too, from the surprisingly funky jazz of 'Are You Being Served?' to an epic rendition of the theme from ITV's long-defunct current affairs programme World in Action. If that sounds like a heady mix, it works much better than you might imagine and is an oddly natural fit for the Acid Jazz imprint. Both CD and vinyl versions are due to arrive in stores on October 5th.
R.E.M. - Best of R.E.M. at the BBC
Michael Stipe and co. may have called it a day in terms if new recordings, but the band's legacy lives on and if you're the type of R.E.M. who still holds onto the hope of hearing something new then there's good news of sorts coming your way this month. A new compilation featuring R.E.M.'s many appearances on the BBC is set to arrive in stores on October 19th and features 20 songs lifted from the band's appearances on radio sessions, TV shows and festival appearances broadcast on the Beeb.
Ranging from an early live broadcast from Nottingham's Rock City in 1984 to their 1999 headline set at Glastonbury, the new compilation spans R.E.M.'s entire career and is available as a 2LP vinyl edition, as well as a standard CD and a CD/DVD box set.
Thom Yorke / Various Performers – Suspiria OST
As you may already know, Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino has recently taken on the extraordinary challenge of remaking Dario Argento's mind-bending horror masterpiece Suspiria, and if the early reviews are anything to go by it seems as though he might well have pulled it off. One of many reasons for optimism is the director's decision to bring in Radiohead's Thom Yorke to compose the film's soundtrack, which makes its way into stores this month to coincide with the film's theatrical release.
Despite never having written a film score before, Yorke has thrown himself into the task with gusto and delivered a haunting, atmospheric score for Guadagnino's film and his soundtrack is due to arrive on all formats on October 26th, including this eye-catching 2LP edition pressed onto pink vinyl.