This Month's Vinyl Picks: September 2017
Foo Fighters, The Killers and the Atomic Blonde soundtrack are amongst our vinyl picks for the month of September...
Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold
After the studio-hopping expedition around America's most famous musical cities for their eighth album Sonic Highways, Foo Fighters' ninth LP comes after a lengthy period of recuperation for frontman Dave Grohl, who broke his leg while touring their last album and spent the rest of the band's run of shows performing while sat in a custom-designed 'throne'. The injury had taken its toll and Grohl announced he would take a year out to recover, but six months later he had locked himself away to begin writing their next album and the results arrive this month in the form of the band's ninth album Concrete & Gold. This time around they've recruited Greg Kurstin as producer for the new record, which they've described as 'Motorhead's version of Sgt. Pepper'. A standard black vinyl edition is due to arrive with the other formats on September 15th.
The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful
Virgin EMI Records
The five years that have passed since The Killers' fourth LP Battle Born have seen the band taking “a break from the rat race”, to use thier words - but only as far as the band itself goes, it seems, with three of the four members releasing solo albums during their hiatus. By October 2015 the band had reconvened to begin work on their fifth full-length offering, for which they've enlisted several producers including Jacknife Lee, Stuart Price and Erol Alkan. The album, titled Wonderful Wonderful, also boasts contributions from Brian Eno and Dire Straits' guitarist Mark Knopfler and is set to arrive on vinyl at the same time as all other formats on September 22nd.
The LP will available on standard black vinyl in stores and online, but if you want something a bit special there's also a limited edition version on pink vinyl. These are available in-store only, so if you want to bag yourself one you'll need to head down to your local hmv store nice and early.
Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
Wolf Alice's debut album My Love Is Cool earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination and saw them narrowly miss out on reaching the top spot on the UK Album Chart, peaking at No. 2. They'll be hoping to better that with their follow-up, Visions of a Life, which features the singles 'Yuk Foo' and 'Don't Delete the Kisses', is due to arrive on all formats on September 29th and the vinyl edition comes in two flavours; a standard black vinyl LP and an exclusive, limited edition clear vinyl version that's only available at hmv.
Dunkirk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Anyone who has been to see Christopher Nolan's epic war film Dunkirk will be able to testify to the haunting power its orchestral score, written by none other than Hans Zimmer. This month will see that soundtrack getting its own vinyl release and on September 22nd the album will be available in stores, pressed onto some gorgeous-looking deep blue vinyl.
Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage
The band featuring three quarters of rap-rock pioneers Rage Against The Machine and fronted by Public Enemy's Chuck D along with Cypress Hill's B-Real, Prophets of Rage have been performing to packed audiences across the U.S. and Canada over the last year as part of their 'Make America Rage Again' tour, and this month will finally see the release of their eponymous debut album. Prophets of Rage arrives on September 15th and will be available on standard black vinyl. Play it loud.
Twin Peaks - Music from the Limited Event Series: Red and Black Vinyl
After some of the beautiful vinyl reissues we've seen over the last year, with the folks at Mondo producing some stunning versions of the soundtracks from David Lynch's cult TV hit Twin Peaks and the associated film Fire Walk With Me, this month will see the release of the soundtrack for Lynch's long-awaited second series of the show. The new event series may have confounded viewers and tested fans' patience (and sanity) to the limit, but there's nothing vexing about these two soundtrack LPs, which include music from the series' longtime composer Angelo Badalamenti as well as various tracks featured in the new event series, including music from The Chromatics, Sharon Van Etten, Nine Inch Nails and The Paris Sisters, among many others. The two vinyl edition feature different tracks, with one pressed onto red and black vinyl (shown on the right) and the other available on neon green wax. Both are limited editions so be sure to pre-order to make sure you get your copy when they arrive in stores on September 22nd.
Enter Shikari – The Spark
Play It Again Sam
Hertfordshire-based noise merchants Enter Shikari return with the fifth album this month, just two years on from their previous full-length offering The Mindsweep. After two albums with producer Dan Weller manning the controls, this time they've recruited David Kosten, best-known for his production work with the likes of Everything Everything, Marina and the Diamonds and Bat For Lashes. The new album is called The Spark and is due to arrive on September 22nd and will be available as a stunning silver vinyl edition the same day.
Atomic Blonde (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
One of the many great things about David Leitch's cold war thriller Atomic Blonde is its soundtrack, packed as it is with gems from the 1980s and scored by Tyler Bates, whose work you can find all over the soundtracks to films like John Wick and Guardians of the Galaxy. A CD version of the soundtrack was released in August to coincide with the film's release in cinemas, but this month will see a vinyl edition courtesy of the folks at Mondo, which comes as a 2LP set pressed onto black vinyl and includes tracks by David Bowie, After The Fire, Nena and The Clash, as well as some of Bates' incidental music for the film. The vinyl edition is due to arrive in stores on September 1st.
Death From Above – Outrage is Now!
When Death From Above 1979 announced their reunion in 2011 it was one of the more unlikely comebacks in the music world, their split being one of the more acrimonious break-ups in recent memory. But reunite they did, playing a string of live shows together before finally hunkering down to record a follow-up to their debut, You're A Woman, I'm A Machine, and releasing their sophomore album The Physical World in 2014. Three years on, Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger are back with their third, Outrage! Is Now. This time around they've dropped the '1979' part of their name that was added after legal complications arose with James Murphy's DFA Records, but their sound is as big and menacing as ever. There are two vinyl editions available – a standard black LP and a limited edition version pressed onto orange vinyl. Both will arrive in stores on September 8th.
David Bowie - A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982)
Our final pick for this month is a bit of a wallet-buster at just under £200, but if you're a Bowie fan with money to spare this is a box set that you won't want to miss. The third instalment in the new box series covers the 'Berlin Trilogy' of albums recorded at the German capital's Hansa studios including 'Low', Lodger' and 'Heroes', as well as the 1978 live album Stage on yellow vinyl and his 1980 album Scary Monsters and Super Creeps. This lavishly-presented box set also includes newly compiled 'Heroes EP' featuring the English, French and German language versions, as well as a brand new mix of Lodger by Bowie's longtime producer and collaborator Tony Visconti.