September 1, 2016

This Month's Vinyl Picks: September 2016
by James

by James Forryan

hmv London; 01/09/2016


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This Month's Vinyl Picks: September 2016

It's the first of the month, which can only mean one of two things: either it's time for a pinch and a punch, or it's our monthly vinyl round-up. Luckily for you, this is the latter.

Up this month for your enjoyment we have the return of the mighty Bastille, a brand new version of the superb Twin Peaks soundtrack and a classic from one the Jazz scene's true masters...

Wild World

New release of the month: Bastille – Wild World

Virgin EMI Records

Bastille return next week with the long-awaited follow-up to their 2013 debut album Bad Blood and you can bag yourself a copy of Wild World in the form of an exclusive vinyl version featuring a stunning lenticular sleeve, only available at hmv stores (or online here). Dan Smith and his band have returned with an album every bit as chock-full of big, shiny tunes as their debut, with heart-stirring, anthemic choruses that seem bound to be stadium fillers. You can expect plenty of hands-in-the-air stuff happening at their live shows this year.

Twin Peaks

Reissue of the month: Twin Peaks OST

Death Waltz Recording Company

David Lynch's legendarily mind-boggling crime drama is an established cult favourite these days, so much so that, more than 25 years after the show originally aired, a second series is finally coming in 2017. There are many memorable things about Twin Peaks – Margaret Lanterman the 'log lady', David Duchovny in drag, the near-pornographic and inexplicable close-ups of food – but one of the most iconic things about the show has to be its soundtrack. Written by composer Angelo Badalamenti and often with lyrical contributions written by Lynch himself, the music of Twin Peaks is a key part of the show's eerie atmosphere and this month there's a brand new pressing of the soundtrack available on coloured vinyl, arriving on September 9th.

Bitches Brew: Directions in Music By Miles Davis

One from the archives: Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

Sony Music CMG

One of the most important jazz musicians in history – although the man himself probably wouldn't approve of that label, preferring to describe his output as 'social music' – Miles Davis was a true pioneer and amongst his many great albums Bitches Brew is one of the most important in terms of its envelope-pushing blend of styles, perhaps only rivalled by his 1986 album Tutu. Released in 1970, this double album showcase Davis' experimentation with a variety of electric instruments and it's also another of the titles included in our in-store Records & Rebellion promotion (you can find a full list of all the other titles here). It's a must have for any jazz collector and if you're a fan of Miles Davis' music, you might also want to check out Don Cheadle's excellent biopic on the great man, if you haven't already. You can find our interview with Don about his film Miles Ahead here...