This Month's Vinyl Picks: March 2016
Welcome to our new monthly feature dedicated to the world of vinyl, where on the first day of each month we'll be hand-picking a selection of vinyl records from the list of the month's releases, as well as some older classics you may have missed.
Each month we'll be recommending one brand new vinyl release, one newly available reissue and one older release from the archives, all of which are available to order from our online store.
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New Release of the Month - Massive Attack: Ritual Spirit
It's been nearly six years since Massive Attack released a new studio album; 2010's Heligoland was their last full-length offering and since then they've been busying themselves with a range of projects, including a series of audio-visual concerts in conjunction with documentary maker Adam Curtis and collaborations with Burial and Run The Jewels. Robert '3D' Del Naja began talking up a new album as far back as 2013 but it was only last month when the first new Massive Attack music emerged in the form of this Ritual Sprit EP, which is released on vinyl for the first time on March 4th.
Its four tracks feature guest appearances from Roots Manuva, Azekel and Mercury Prize-winning hip-hop outfit Young Fathers, but perhaps the most exciting development here is that Ritual Spirit is their first release since 1994 to feature former collaborator Tricky, whom Del Naja says has worked on several tracks with the group. Massive Attack are still yet to announce a title or release date for their sixth album, but this should tide you over in the meantime and its lead single, 'Voodoo in My Blood', is accompanied by an intense new video starring Rosamund Pike, which you can find below...
Reissue of the Month - Motortown: The French EPs
If you lived in France during the 1960s you would have benefited from one of the strange quirks of the music industry there – back then, 'singles' were pressed and issued as four-track EPs instead of the two-track 7” records you'd have found in most other countries at that time (these were only pressed for the jukebox market in France). As a result, many of the French releases from that era featured bonus material unavailable anywhere else and some of these, particularly the ones issued by Detroit's famous Motown label, have become highly sought after.
Even if you're if you're lucky enough to find copies of the original pressings they're unlikely to come cheap, but these lovingly recreated reissues offer a chance to own some of those unique releases and this bundle of five EPs, each with their own sleeve, features some of the label's all-time greats like Stevie Wonder, Martha and The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Miracles and Earl van Dyke. The collection is available to pre-order now and is due to be released on March 25th.
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One from the Archives - Various Artists: The Holy Mountain
Our random selection this month is this superb soundtrack album Alejandro Jodorowsky's cinematic epic The Holy Mountain. Issued by Finders Keepers, specialists in digging up old, rare and lost music from around the world, the soundtrack was never issued separately and became available on vinyl for the first time in 2015. Rumoured to have been funded and curated in secret by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the soundtrack features music from Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Frank Lowe among many others, taking in everything from jazz and psychedelia to dusty garage rock.
If you're a fan of Jodorowsky's films and are familiar with the story of this soundtrack, that alone should be enough to get you excited, but even if you're new to this one Finders Keepers have included plenty of bonus material such as an interview with Neneh Cherry and some of the original members of her father's band, helping to tell the bizarre story of the soundtrack's conception and why it went unreleased for almost half a century.