December 1, 2016

This Month's Vinyl Picks: December 2016
by James

by James Forryan

hmv London; 01/12/2016


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This Month's Vinyl Picks: December 2016

As the end of the year approaches things are beginning to slow down a little on the new release front, but there are still some new vinyl gems coming in December that you may want to keep an eye out for, including the new EP from The Last Shadow Puppets and the first vinyl release of the late, great Leonard Cohen's final album, You Want It Darker.

There are plenty of reissues coming this month too, including a massive Rihanna box set and some vinyl re-presses from Stereophonics and Massive Attack.

You can find all the upcoming vinyl records available for pre-order right here in our online store, but we've sifted through them and picked out a small handful that demand you immediate attention...

A Seat at the Table

New Release of the Month: Solange – A Seat at the Table

Sony Music CMG

The younger sibling in the Knowles family quietly dropped one of the year's most impressive albums at a moment's notice in September, but on December 9th A Seat at the Table finally arrives on vinyl for the first time. Her first full-length offering since 2008's Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, the new album lists Solange and Raphael Saadiq as executive producers and includes a range of contributions from the likes of Questlove, Q-Tip and Sampha, to name a few.

Sonically, this is a huge leap forward from her sophomore album, with her socially and politically-conscious lyrics set to an ever-shifting musical tapestry of styles that incorporates R&B, psychedelic funk and soul, with some Motown vibes thrown in for good measure. Despite the lack of fanfare preceding the album's release, this is a triumphant return from Solange and well worth owning on vinyl.

Talking Book

Reissue of the Month: Stevie Wonder – Talking Book

Island Records

This year has seen a lot of artists giving their back catalogues the vinyl reissue treatment and now the legendary Stevie Wonder is getting in on the act too. The string of albums released between 1972 and 1976 contain some of his most impressive work and the second of these, Talking Book, is no exception. Including the funky, clavinet-powered hit 'Superstition' as well as other classics like 'Big Brother' and 'You Are The Sunshine of My Life', this 1972 album gets a reissue this month on 180g black vinyl and should be top of the list for any Stevie fan with a gap in their collection.


One from the Archives: Goblin – Suspiria


Our random pick this month is the soundtrack to Dario Argento's wonderfully weird horror classic Suspiria, written and performed by legendary Italian prog-rockers Goblin. The band led by Claudio Simonetti became soundtrack specialists during the 1970s, providing the score to many films from Italian cinema's golden era, but Argento in particular was a regular collaborator and their soundtrack for Suspiria is arguably their finest. From brooding, atmospheric synths to full-on acid-rock wig-outs, this is a great album in its own right, but even better when married with Argento's beautiful and disturbing film.