This Month's Vinyl Picks: August 2017
Queens of the Stone Age, Rat Boy, The Cribs and Brian Eno are amongst the highlights of August's new vinyl releases...
Queens of the Stone Age - Villains
QOTSA's most recent album, 2013's ...Like Clockwork, was arguably their best since 2002's Songs for the Deaf and was also one of their most commercially successful, topping the Billboard chart in the U.S. and narrowly missing out on repeating that feat in the UK (kept off the top spot only by Disclosure's outstanding debut Settle). Since then, the band have recruited ex-Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore as a replacement for their former tub-thumper Joey Castillo, who abruptly left midway through the sessions for their last album, leaving Dave Grohl to fill in the gaps. This time around they've also recruited Mark Ronson as producer and the new album includes the single 'The Way You Used To Do'.
Villains drops on August 25th and there are two vinyl versions – a standard version and a deluxe, 2LP gatefold version which also includes a selection of art prints designed by the band's longtime collaborator Boneface, who has also designed the etching in side four of the double LP.
Various Artists - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 OST: Deluxe Edition
Just like the first volume of tracks featured in Guardians of the Galaxy, the collection of classic tunes featured in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has proved hugely popular and is one of the best-selling soundtracks on vinyl at hmv this year. However, now there's also a deluxe vinyl version on the way which features the original orchestral score by Tyler Bates, as well as all the songs used in the film by the likes of Electric Light Orchestra, Parliament, Fleetwood Mac and Cheap Trick, among many, many others. You'll be able to get your hands on the new deluxe version on August 11th.
Rat Boy – Scum
Jordan Cardy – aka Rat Boy – has been waking waves since his debut EP The Mixtape arrived in 2014. Since then he has been sampled by Kendrick Lamar, found himself on the BBC's Sound Of 2016 list and been nominated for Best New Artist at both the MTV Awards and NME Awards, winning the latter. This month though he finally releases his debut studio album, Scum, which arrives on August 11th on all formats, including vinyl. Self-produced by Cardy and packed with raucous tunes that blend growling indie rock with hip-hop influences and a lo-fi, DIY ethos, the album is one of the year's most hotly-anticipated debuts and marks Rat Boy as one to keep an eye on over the coming years.
Everything Everything - A Fever Dream
Manchester four-piece Everything Everything return with album number four this month, with their latest full-length offering arriving in stores on August 18th. Their fourth album is called A Fever Dream and this time they've roped in Arctic Monkeys producer James Ford on production duties. The new album includes the single 'Can't Do' and the LP version, pressed onto 180g black vinyl, will arrive on the same day as other formats.
The Cribs – 24/7 Rock Star S***
Since releasing their eponymous debut album in 2005, Wakefield trio The Cribs have carved out a niche for themselves in the UK's musical landscape and earned an army of loyal fans that has followed the band's adventures ever since. Earlier this year the three Jarman brothers began teasing new material with a cryptic ad campaign that led fans to record stores where they could by a limited, white-label edition of the first single from their upcoming seventh album. 24/7 Rock Star S*** arrives in stores on August 11th and there are two vinyl versions available; a standard LP on black vinyl and a limited luminous yellow version exclusively available at hmv.
Black Grape – Pop Voodoo
It has been a full two decades since Black Grape, the band led by former Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, released their last LP Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, but after a brief reunion for a one-off gig in 2010 and an unofficial single in support England's dismal Euro 2016 campaign (under the name Four Lions), Ryder and co. are back with their third album this month. Pop Voodoo sees Ryder reunite with Paul 'Kermit' Leveridge and dancer-turned-politician Bez for their first new material in 20 years, including the new single 'Everything You Know Is Wrong', which sees Ryder giving Donald Trump the verbal equivalent of a good kicking. There's a standard black vinyl edition available, but if you're a hardcore Black Grape / Happy Mondays fan you might want to opt for the limited red vinyl edition, which is signed by the band and available exclusively at hmv.
Steven Wilson – To The Bone
The last couple of months have been good ones for any vinyl-loving Porcupine Tree fans, with some exclusive limited edition versions of two of the band's albums arriving as part of hmv vinyl week in June, but now there's even more good news on that front as Steven Wilson releases his new solo album To The Bone on August 18th. The fifth album Wilson has recorded and released under his own name, To The Bone is available as a standard black vinyl edition or as a limited edition 2LP set pressed onto bone-coloured vinyl – which, again, is exclusive to hmv.
Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets
As a founding member of Roxy Music and a producer with a list of credits that includes albums by David Bowie, Devo, U2, Grace Jones and Talking Heads, to name just a handful, Brian Eno is a man that needs little introduction from us. One of the most cerebral artists to emerge in the last few decades, Eno is the latest to latch onto to the trend of reissuing his back catalogue on vinyl, with four of his post-Roxy Music solo albums due to arrive in stores on August 4th. Each of them have been half-speed mastered at Abbey Road and will be reissued as 2LP editions designed to be played back at 45rpm for maximum fidelity. Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), Another Green World and Before and After Science are amongst the first batch to be released, but our favourite of the bunch is his 1974 solo debut Here Come The Warm Jets.
The Style Council – Our Favourite Shop
The band formed by Paul Weller and former Dexys keyboardist Mick Talbot following the dissolution of The Jam is the latest to embark on a program of back catalogue reissues, re-releasing their first two albums Introducing The Style Council and Cafe Bleu on vinyl on July 14th. With the exception of their debut, which comes pressed onto standard black vinyl, each album from their back catalogue is being made available on limited coloured vinyl and this month sees the next batch of reissues from the band, with the their third and fourth albums arriving in stores on August 18th. Our Favourite Shop gave the band their first and only Number One album in the UK and includes the hit 'Walls Come Tumbling Down'. The reissue is available on lilac vinyl, while the other album arriving on the same day, The Cost of Loving, is pressed onto orange vinyl. The remaining albums in their catalogue are set for release on September 15th.
Interpol – Our Love To Admire (10th Anniversary Edition)
10 years on from their release of Our Love To Admire, the third album from Interpol and their first for a major label, the New York post-punk revivalists are set to release a 10th Anniversary Edition of the album on vinyl, which is due to land in stores on August 18th. Two vinyl versions are available, both featuring a remastered version of the album on a 2LP set, with a few extra quid netting you a version which includes a 12-track DVD featuring a previously unreleased selection of tracks culled from their 2007 perfromance at the London Astoria, including live versions of 'NYC', 'Rest My Chemistry' and 'Pioneer to the Falls'.